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Old EnglishsbEnglish
K .In Old English, K is merely a supplemental symbol occasionally used instead of C for the guttural sound. But after the Conquest, in accordance with Norman usage, C was retained for the guttural only before a o u l r and K was substituted for the same sound before e i y and (later) n. hence now, in native words initial K now appears only before e i y and before n (:-OE. cn-), where it is no longer pronounced in standard English.
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