Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Word play

Tuesday, 13 November

Numbly.
Dumbly.
Crumbly.

They derive from rhyming roots: numb, dumb, and crumb.

So how come the B is silent in numbly and dumbly, but not in crumbly?

3 comments:

.n. said...

Do what I did and throw in those "b"'s for fun!

Dum-bly
Num-bly
Crum-bly
Fum-bly

Argentius said...

Well, it is "Crumble," right?

But it's not "Dumble." Or "Numble."

Why in the heck "Dumb" has a silent B at the end, I have no idea.

STOKED I AM said...

Well, yeah, but there's also just crumb, like dumb and numb.