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Words with a Silent G

Based on the definitions, try to guess these words that have a silent G.
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First submittedAugust 16, 2013
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Definition
Word
From a different country
Foreign
Like a harmless tumor
Benign
To bite something persistently
Gnaw
Tiny flying insect that swarms at dusk
Gnat
Santa's mode of transportation
Sleigh
Type of perfume
Cologne
Mythical dwarf-like creature
Gnome
Sparkling white wine
Champagne
Italian potato dumplings
Gnocchi
To call the defendant to court to read
the charges against them and
record a plea
Arraign
Definition
Word
Branch of a tree
Bough
Horse's sound
Neigh
Muscle that pushes air from the lungs
Diaphragm
Lowest rank of naval officer
Ensign
The period during which a monarch rules
Reign
Mucus
Phlegm
Subdivision of New York City
Borough
To pretend; to fake
Feign
To grind one's teeth
Gnash
Wildebeest
Gnu
29 Comments
+6
Level 73
Oct 17, 2013
I've only ever heard 'gnu' pronounced with a vocalised 'g' (as in the Sesame Street song), but I Googled it and you're right, it should be silent. That's my new thing for the day, so thanks for that QM.
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Level 29
Oct 17, 2013
The Great Space Coaster's 'Gary Gnu' character taught an entire generation of kids to pronounce the 'g', as in 'Guh-New' ... I'd forgotten about that until I saw the comments.
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Level 26
Oct 18, 2013
Wait until you find out how Oxymoron should be pronounced. It'll blow your mind*.

*mind may not actually be blown

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Level 83
Feb 6, 2019
Mind not blown at all ...
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Level 48
Oct 3, 2018
i recall a kid's song "i'm a ger-noo, spelled G-N-U, the g-nicest work of g-nature in the zoo.."

Flanders and Swan

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Level 22
Oct 13, 2022
Why is there no "slight"
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Level 81
Feb 27, 2023
Feeling slighted are you?
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Level 84
Oct 13, 2022
I don't know about Sesame Street, but there was song about gnus on The Muppet Show. The Gnu Song
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Level 62
Oct 17, 2013
I never knew about the gnu!
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Level 76
Jul 29, 2014
I was trying to think of which NYC borough had a silent G!
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Level 65
Feb 16, 2018
me too
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Level 71
Jul 3, 2022
I thought this too, why specifically NYC in the question?
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Level 60
May 29, 2015
For the love of all that is holy! I actually failed to get the mythical dwarf answer... Just... /headdesk
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Level 83
Feb 6, 2019
gnocchi is pronounced as nocchi? Dictionary disagrees ...
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Level 75
Sep 19, 2019
In Italy it is pronounced kind of like NYOK-key
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Level 68
Oct 13, 2022
The ‘gn’ has the effect of the ñ in Spanish. Like lasagna.
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Level 64
Oct 14, 2022
Indeed, the g may or may not be silent depending on the pronunciation. Merriam-Webster lists both pronunciations.
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Level 69
Dec 26, 2019
The clue for “arraign” isn’t quite right. Arraignment does not formally charge you with a crime – you have already been charged before that. To arraign someone is simply to read the charges against them (the indictment) to them in open court; they are then expected to enter a plea.
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Level 91
May 4, 2021
Agreed
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Level 75
Oct 13, 2022
Is that not exactly what the clue says? It apparently hasn't been updated since 2015...
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Level 57
Oct 13, 2022
Benign or Benin? Clearly that g is doing something.
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Level 68
Oct 13, 2022
lightning bug?
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Level 62
Oct 13, 2022
Good quiz. I wonder if I'm the only one who tried "Koln" just to see if would be accepted?
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Level 72
Oct 13, 2022
LOL, I'm always second guessing my own spelling, so, for a second, I was like "Harlegm?" "Brookglyn?" Huh?
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Level 72
Oct 13, 2022
Wrote "limb" rather than "bough" several times. Took a long time to figure out why that didn't work. Duh.
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Level 64
Oct 13, 2022
Me too. It has a silent letter, doesn't it?!
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Level 56
Oct 13, 2022
I've been saying gnu wrong my whole life? Wow! You really do learn something gnu every day. Ha!
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Level 28
Oct 13, 2022
That swarms at dusk. Sounds like a cult. Love it. (not cults. Just the phrasing)
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Level 28
Oct 13, 2022
Also would have got borough if it had been subdivision of london