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Thread: Plumber
face BY : Mike Mansheim email (remove spam text)

> I've got a bet going about the word plumber. Dictionary says the "b" is
> not pronounced. My argument is that, since Americans pronounce
> everything the way they see it, they do pronounce the "b", even if it
> is a soft one, it is still pronounced. Comments?

Americans do not pronounce the 'b'.
I also don't think the statement that Americans pronounce everything the
way they see it is accurate - we seem to have a lot of silent letters
(like hour, for instance).  Perhaps you are referring to when we are
trying to pronounce foreign words?

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