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    Re: By Jove!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I think fmuck is on a par with Psmith as a language guide.
    Thanks for mentioning Psmith, Tdol. I always wondered why Wodehouse gave such a terrible-sounding name to the character, and thanks to you I have found out that the initial 'p' in 'Psmith' is mute!
    If it's not too much trouble to you, could you please correct any errors I might have made in this post?

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    Re: By Jove!

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    Thanks for mentioning Psmith, Tdol. I always wondered why Wodehouse gave such a terrible-sounding name to the character, and thanks to you I have found out that the initial 'p' in 'Psmith' is mute!
    Yes. Like psychic, psychotic, and psilocybin.

    The p is silent in words that begin with ps. (Or pn.) Most of us blame the Greeks.

    Wodehouse was just being cute.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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