Why is there a “b” in “doubt”

You ever wonder why the word “doubt” is written with a silent “b”?

Let’s look at the history of the word.

The word ultimately came from Latin “dubitare”, or “dubito”, which means, “am uncertain”, “am in doubt”, “question”, etc.

The word is borrowed to Old French, “douter”, because, you know, French people don’t like ending consonants much, like “hôpital” (no “s” sound), or “plus” (silent “s”). The word is borrowed to Middle English as “douten” next.

And a time, it seems that they re-add the “b” letter, because they know Latin. Well, they still find weird to pronounce it, I guess.

(Source: TedEd)

via Daily Prompt: Doubt

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