Guide to Spelling: Hooked on Phonics 188 At other times, you're not at fault at all: The words are spelled differently from the way they sound. With such unphonetic words, you're working without a net. There are no rules, only spelling tech- niques like memorization and visualization. Of course, there are always dictionaries. These unphonetic words fall into three main categories: silent letters, tricky-dickie word endings, and y / i use. And here they are ... Silent Letters Never seem to meet the people you want to see, but can't get rid of the same old pests? The same is true of spelling words. Keeping this truism in mind, here are some words with silent letters that have no doubt been annoying you for years. Only now, you know why. · · · · · · Silent b :doubtable, subpoena, subtle, undoubtedly Silent h :exhaust, exhibit, exhilaration, ghastly, ghost, heir, rheumatism, rhyme Silent g :align, design, gnarled, diaphragm Silent p :cupboard, pneumatic, pneumonia, psalm, pseudonym, psychology, receipt Silent t :bankruptcy, listen, mortgage, wrestle Silent c :acquaint, acquire, acquit, ascertain, miscellaneous, ascend, fascinate, indict, muscle Tricky-Dickie Word Endings The following words confound even the best spellers because they don't end the way we think they should: · Words that end in - ar :beggar, burglar, bursar, calendar, cellar, liar