10 Words You See But Don't Hear
Language lovers are precocious readers – and there are certain words we encounter in books before hearing them spoken out loud. Many words in English surprise us with unpredictable syllable stress and vowel sounds; at least today the online dictionary gives us audio pronunciations to help us hear how they sound.
Here's a sampling of this bookish vocabulary that is seen more than heard, even by word nerds:
"not having a plan or purpose"
"not completely formed or developed yet"
"having complete or unlimited power"
"very unusual in a way that does not seem natural"
"a mark of approval or distinction"
"a great disaster or complete failure"
"people settled far from their ancestral homelands"
"showing a playful desire to cause trouble"
Still not sure? Click on each of the words to hear the audio pronunciation right on the definition page.