Por qué no se pronuncia la i en "plaid"?
Why you don't pronounce the "i" in the word "plaid"? Can somebody explain this to me? Gracias!
According to the dictionary, plaid comes from the Scottish Gaelic "plaide". I guess that's how they pronounce it in Scotland, as if there is no "i".
English is a language of exceptions which comes from many different languages. There are many silent letters in English and very few rules.
Cot / caught (g is silent, h is silent, au sounds like o) Mary / Marry / Merry (all sound the same to most Americans, many British seem to think Merry is pronounced differently)
Answer (silent w) Anyway (nonsilent W) Honest (silent H) Honey (nonsilent H)
Foe / Faux (silent X, au sound like o - OK that one may be rule you can follow sometimes au sounds like o )
But seriously, English is the language of exceptions. Plaid is a wierd one. For one thing, in the southern states some people pronounce it "playad" but then people pronounce window "winder" with an r at the end of it over here too so go figure.
But, in "plain" you do pronounce the i... but not in "plaid".