7 English Words With Extremely Unnecessary Spellings

February 17, 2022

You read some English words and want to throw some hands. Who was behind the spelling of those words? What was the thought process? Why did they borrow the word from another language? So many questions. 

1. Diarrhoea 

Really though, how does a word spelt as ‘diarrhoea’ make sense as dai·uh·ree·uh? Who coined this word? What was the reason?

2. Queue 

Someone just lined up a bunch of unnecessary letters behind Q. Why? I can only imagine the low self-esteem that the letters ‘ueue’ feel. 

3. Croissant

Croissant woke up one day and decided to be kwa·son. The ‘r’ and the ‘t’ are in the spelling for decoration. Don’t get me started on how all the vowels sound different.

4. Lingerie 

Lingerie has the cutest spelling for a word that ends up being pronounced as laundry. 

5. Charcuterie

I personally pronounce this word as ‘coochie fairy’ and I have no desire to learn the actual pronunciation. It’s a borrowed word, so I’m not surprised that the spelling and pronunciation are unnecessarily hard. 

6. Silhouette 

Maybe I’m the one that doesn’t know how to spell sha because I suffered during the silhouette challenge last year. 

7. Rhythm

The people who borrowed rhythm from the Greeks forgot to borrow the second ‘y’ and now all of us are living in the bondage of ‘rhythm’. There’s definitely an easier way of spelling the word out there, we’ve just not found it yet. 

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