Lexicon Valley

Why Is “Ph” Pronounced That Way?

The answer is positively phantastic.

Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 165:

John McWhorter takes a trip down memory lane to share the weekend routine from his teenage years: Saturday morning television, then chores, including cleaning the bathroom with the disinfectant Fantastik.

Why is “ph” pronounced that way? The answer is positively phantastic.

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