Quiz: rare sound combinations
The English alphabet has 21 consonants, but there are 24 meaningfully different consonant sounds (25 if you count the one at the end of the Scottish pronunciation of loch, though speakers of several varieties use a ‘k’ sound).
Yet English does not make use of every possible combination of consonant and vowel sounds. There is no such word as skelsk, for example. But while some combinations don’t exist at all, others are very common (like st: steam, stop, least…). A few are simply very rare, occurring in just a few words. For a pronunciation editor, hearing one of these in real life is like spotting really rare animals in the wild – they only crop up in very particular environments! Would you know where to find them?