I’m helping her read today’s book she’s brought home from school. She stops at the phrase knick-knacks, unsure how to read it.
“Look at that!” I say, trying to make the oddities of English phonetics seem like fun. “Those words are just like knee, which has a “k” but you don’t say it. Isn’t that strange!”
“Its a silent k. Like gnawing, which has a silent g.” she says, deadpan.