Origin of silent K in kn words

Damian   Monday, July 12, 2004, 19:58 GMT
Serious now:

These silent "K" words originate from Old English when they were usually spelt "cn" and in those days the "c" was pronounced. So a word like "knock" (with today's silent K) would have been pronounced 'c-nock"
Ailian   Monday, July 12, 2004, 20:34 GMT
Dear Damian,

Regardless, your posts have made me chortle, something I rarely do. ;)

English orthography is so odd (but I love it!).

Full of love for all but spelling reformation (and perhaps sacrificers of cute puppies),
Jilldeferram   Saturday, July 17, 2004, 18:54 GMT
It's good to remember than in German Gn and Kn are pronounced.