Sh

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ʃ

shoe /ʃuː/

Sh is an English digraph combining the letters S and H. It very reliably represents the IPA phonetic symbol /ʃ/, as in "shoe". For more examples see IPA phoneme /ʃ/.

Exceptions

"Sh" normally is a digraph. In some words "sh" are two letters representing /sh/.

  • disharmony - dishearten - mishandle - mishap - mishear

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

Silent "h"

  • dishonest - dishonoredAmE - dishonouredBrE

Variant pronunciations

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