Is it true to say that in English always when word starts with "P+S", the the letter p is drooped out of pronunciation and become silent?

I know about some words which behave like that, such as psychology and psychiatry. But I'm not sure if there's no an exceptions, or maybe these words that I mentioned are exception.

  • I'm not aware of any words where an initial ps doesn't drop the p in English pronunciation. I also believe that all such words came into English from Greek roots, and were spelled with an initial Ψ. – Jeff Zeitlin Nov 17 '17 at 13:10
  • I was going to endorse @Jeff's comment, but checking the full subscription-only online OED it only took a few seconds to turn up pschent - (Ancient History) A headdress of ancient Egypt, combining the white crown of Upper Egypt with the red crown of Lower Egypt, used after the formation of the State (c 3000 b.c.). For all practical purposes, though, you could reasonably ignore "words" like that, since almost no native speakers would know them anyway (and even if they did, they might well "mispronounce" it by discarding the /p/ ! :) – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 17 '17 at 14:44
  • @FumbleFingers - It's quite likely that even that word got into English via Greek. But I'll admit that I wasn't considering any sort of obscure words like that... :) – Jeff Zeitlin Nov 17 '17 at 15:48
  • Before reading your last comment I'd have been quite prepared to believe that all English words starting with ps came from Greek. But since I still had the OED page open in my browser, I just checked the very next entry... pselaphognath (Any of various minute millipedes comprising the subclass Pselaphognatha, having a soft integument bearing tufts and rows of bristles). Apparently that's from latin. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 17 '17 at 18:43

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