this letter group can represent five distinct sounds in English; it first was used by Middle English writers to render Old English sc-, a sound now generally pronounced (and spelled) "-sh-." Sometimes it was miswritten for -ch-. It also was taken in from German (schnapps) and Yiddish (schlemiel). In words derived from classical languages, it represents Latin sch-, Greek skh-, but in some of these words the spelling is a restoration and the pronunciation does not follow it (cf. schism).

Nearby words

  1. sceptre,
  2. scf,
  3. scfh,
  4. scfm,
  5. scg,
  6. sch.,
  7. sch.mus.b.,
  8. schacht,
  9. schadenfreude,
  10. schaerbeek

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper