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AstroChuck's avatar

Why is it the "absorb" ends in b but "absorption" has a p in it?

Asked by AstroChuck (37415points) June 5th, 2008 from iPhone

Why? Any other words like this?

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IanMcCloud's avatar

Because English is a stupid f’ing language.

jlm11f's avatar

or because absorBtion just doesn’t sound as good.
i am waiting for the gail to tell us the real reason

Randy's avatar

To trick us and embarass us infront of others.

gailcalled's avatar

The Gail has closed her language clinic for the night.

AstroChuck's avatar

So, in other words, you have no idea.

jamzzy's avatar

because thats the way god made it.

Seesul's avatar

So AstroChuck will have something to ponder?
How come you can be disgruntled but not gruntled?

Actually, AC, yet another gold star, that is a VERY good question.

AstroChuck's avatar

I should know something about disgruntled. I’m a postman. And don’t get me started on flammable and inflammable.

jlm11f's avatar

@ AC – you mean inflammAble. :)

Seesul's avatar

Our postman is very gruntled because we have an NDCBU that opens from the front. It makes life much easier for him.

I clean it for him once a year, no kidding. More often if the pigeons have their way.

gailcalled's avatar

Astro: you must never put words into my mouth :-d . PnL got it, I think. The b sound next to the t sound is hard for the English-speaking palate, tongue and voice box. If superb was a verb, its noun would clearly be superption, suburb* would be suburption, etc. However, burp has me stymied.

AstroChuck's avatar

Sorry. I meant no disrespect. I think of you as Fluther royalty. I used to teach English, although that was some time ago. Can’t say I’ve heard of the word suburption though. Can you use it in a sentence?

gailcalled's avatar

Joking, ducks. I invented superption, suburption, and possibly The Color Burple.

The irregular parts of our language are odd, as we know. Little kids try to make all verbs regular; hence; I brang my blankie, or the bee stanged me.

Tottering to bed. Or to bep.

morphail's avatar

It’s because the words are borrowed from Latin and retain some features of Latin morphophonology.
Latin absorb─ôre, past participle absorptus, noun absorptio

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