-sch-

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-sch-
this letter group can represent five distinct sounds in English; it first was used by M.E. writers to render O.E. sc-, a sound now generally pronounced "-sh-." Sometimes it was miswritten for -ch-. It also was taken in from Ger. (schnapps) and Yiddish (schlemiel). In words derived from classical languages,
it represents L. sch-, Gk. skh- but in some of these words the spelling is a restoration and the pronunciation does not follow it (cf. schism).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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