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⟨sh⟩

From Teflpedia

⟨sh⟩ is an English consonant digraph combining the letters S and H. It very reliably is pronounced as an unvoiced palato-alveolar sibilant /ʃ/.

Exceptions[edit | edit source]

⟨sh⟩ can occur across syllable boundaries (in which case it’s not a digraph), especially when the prefixes dis- or mis- are added to words; for example, disharmony, dishearten, mishandle, mishap, mishear, mishit

Note that disheveledAmE/dishevelledBrE is di-shev-elled, not *dis-hev-elled.

Silent "h"

  • dishonest, dishonoredAmE, dishonouredBrE

Variant pronunciations[edit | edit source]

  • cashmere (wool): /ˈkæʃmɪər, ˈkæʒmɪərAmE, kæʃˈmɪərBrE/
  • Kashmir (region): /ˈkæʃmɪər, ˈkæʒmɪər, kæʃˈmɪər, kæʒˈmɪər/