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Words with a Silent H

Based on the definitions, guess these words that have a silent H.
Last updated: September 04, 2018
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Definition
Word
Period of below-average rainfall
Drought
Sixty minutes
Hour
Segregated urban slum
Ghetto
Apparition; spirit
Ghost
One who is due to inherit
Heir
Toxic, green, gaseous element
Chlorine
Shiny plating on car metal
Chrome
Castrated man
Eunuch
Small pickled cucumber
Gherkin
Refrain of a song
Chorus
Definition
Word
Candelabra used during Hanukkah
Menorah
Spirit that feeds on corpses
Ghoul
Red wine varietal also called shiraz
Syrah
Chronic disease of the liver
Cirrhosis
Dull brown material used for military fatigues
Khaki
Lizard that can change color
Chameleon
Group of notes sounded simultaneously
Chord
Carnivorous fish of South America
Piranha
Clarified butter of India
Ghee
Truthful
Honest
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level 33
Nov 6, 2013
I can't spell camo...
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level 49
Nov 6, 2013
1. The quiz accepted "Menora" as an alternate spelling of "Menorah", even though "Menora" doesn't have a silent "h" in it. 2. The word "ghee" is pronounced /gi/ while the word "gee" is pronounced /ji/. This makes me skeptical that the "h" is genuinely silent. (One wouldn't call the "h" in "chow" silent; it alters the sound of the "c", changing it from the sound in "cow" to the sound in "ciao". How is the "h" in "ghee" different?) Likewise for "ghetto" and "gherkin".
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level 36
Nov 6, 2013
If you take the H out of Ghetto, Ghee and Gherkin they would still be pronounced the same, this does not work with Chow as the H changes the way you say the word. But I agree with Menorah, that baffled me as to why it accepted it without the H seeing as that is the point of the quiz
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level 80
Nov 8, 2013
I'm with ThirdParty on this one. Case in point: Ghee. If you take out the h, it's gee, as in "Oh gee, maybe that h isn't actually silent."
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level 69
Apr 21, 2014
Agree completely on Menorah
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level ∞
Sep 4, 2018
Menorah will no longer be accepted without the H.
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level 64
Mar 11, 2016
The h in ghee is not silent in Hindi...
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level 65
Sep 10, 2018
Disagree on the "h" in "ghee." If you take the "e" out of the word "robe" it completely changes the pronunciation, but the "e" is still considered a silent letter.
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level 25
Nov 6, 2013
I usually pronounce the 'h' in heir, honest and hour. Subtly, but they're there.
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level 35
Nov 6, 2013
What? That's kind of weird. I've never heard anyone pronounce the 'h's in anyone of those words, subtly or not.
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level 41
Nov 6, 2013
stewie griffen pronounces the 'h' in 'wheat thins' and 'what' ... doesnt mean he's pronouncing it correctly.
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level 58
Nov 6, 2013
Prouncing the h in a word that starts with "wh" is entirely different. It is correct to pronounce "wh" differently than "w" by itself. However, in "hour, honest, heir, ect" it should be completely silent.
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level 37
Nov 6, 2013
Who's Stewie Griffen???
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level 79
Mar 1, 2017
Stewie does not pronounce the "h". He aspirates the "w". (releasing a puff of air in conjunction with the sound. To find the distinction, put your hand in front of your mouth and say the word "pit" and then "spit". You can feel the puff of air on the aspirated "p" in "pit" and feel its absence in the unaspirated "p" in "spit"). Aspirating the "wh" is common among older Americans in particular but is largely on it's way out. In English, the "w" vs. "wh" distinction is made by aspiration or lack there of, not "pronouncing the 'H'". Aspirated or unaspirated, it's the same morpheme either way.
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level 74
Sep 10, 2018
Stewie is using an older pronunciation of the word. It sounds like "hwale" when he says "whale." The h in these words is there for a reason, but the pronunciation has changed, and in American English people understand these to be different morphemes, which is why it sounds so weird to us when Stewie does it.
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level 55
Sep 10, 2018
@onegonecat The 'Stewie Griffin' 'wh' is voiceless, not aspirated - very different. And *phoneme, not morpheme.
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level 59
Nov 7, 2013
The "H" is not pronounced in any of those words, that's why you would say "an hour" and not "a hour". The same holds true for "an heir to the throne" and "an honest person". Using "a" rather than "an" sounds wrong because you don't pronounce the "H" in those words.
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level 71
Sep 10, 2018
But I also believe it is acceptable to use "an" for a word beginning with h when the stress is not on the first syllable (equivalently, maybe it's correct to non-aspirate them), as in "an hotel". I could be talking b-ll-cks mind, and do like to wind up colleagues by referring to "an hydrologist", etc. I am also a huge fan of Stewie Griffin ;-).
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level 74
Sep 10, 2018
hhhonestly?
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level 51
Nov 6, 2013
The H in "ghee" isn't silent. The first letter of the word is an aspirated G, which is latinized as GH and sounds different than a plain G. The two are different letters gh- घ, g - ग). A lot of these words are similar in the sense that the H aspirates the sound before it, meaning that it's not a silent letter.
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level 79
Mar 1, 2017
"g" and "gh" are the same morpheme in English though, so really that shouldn't matter that it's distinguished in the source language.
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level 53
Nov 10, 2013
I've seen chlorine gas, and to me it looked yellow. I don't have any color blindness that I'm aware of. Perhaps slightly green, but even so I would describe it as yellow with a greenish tint. I was wracking my brain trying to think of a green elemental gas...
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level 66
Sep 10, 2018
the usual chemistry class description I know is a greenish yellow gas, so I got the clue but it could have been better.
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level 70
Dec 19, 2014
I'm glad "herb" wasn't on this list
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level 68
Mar 30, 2016
I always though it was spelled eunich... learned something today
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level 57
May 14, 2016
The candelabra used during Hanukkah is called a Hanukkiah. It is used specifically during Hanukkah, whereas a menorah is used during all other times. While a menorah only has 7 spots for candles, a Hanukkiah has 9; one for each night of Hanukkah plus one for the shemash to light the others. They are two separate things. You should change the definition in the quiz to "Candelabra used for Jewish celebrations"
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level 60
Sep 10, 2018
I tried various romanizations of hanukkiah, chanukkiah, chanukkia.... before I realized that a lot of people get menorahs and channukkias confused.
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level 57
Sep 10, 2018
hepatitis should be accepted for cirrhosis ..
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level 48
Sep 10, 2018
Only for Cockneys....
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level 61
Sep 10, 2018
... but that hasn't got a silent 'h'.
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level 61
Sep 10, 2018
How about Chromium as an alternative for Chrome? That's what I tried first.
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level 71
Sep 10, 2018
I got 2 & 5 easily but was really struggling with many of the rest ... then realised it didn't necessarily *begin* with a silent h, d'oh! Actually, d'oh should be in there!
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level 32
Sep 10, 2018
Khaki is not a material, thats a colour and not only brown. It is typically green/brown, with more variations.
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level 39
Sep 11, 2018
Khaki is more primarily used as a colour, and not solely used for military fatigues
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