Words that begin with a silent "P" are of Greek origin. I'm told that the "P" isn't silent in Greek, although I'm danged if I can figure out how they'd pronounce it without spitting all over people.

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Because the first psychiatrist spelled it wrong, and was too embarrassed to correct it.

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Are you saying Sigmund Freud is mad

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Yes, and a sex-crazed pervert.

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And blamed his mother

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and a coke head

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Some very nice answers. Psy (Greek letter : Ψ ) pronounce P as a 'hammer'.<br />
Psy has be choosen because this speciality analyse " PSYCHE " from Greek = Soul.

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It's not. You've always pronounced it wrong. p-sychiatrist.

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Because the pronunciation of english words is not consistent.

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Because the English language is insane.

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Blame it on the mafia. When the Greeks first invented the psychiatrist, they pronounced it “puh-sychiatrist”. Sometime later, the mafia “bought out” all usage of the sound “P”. Anyone caught using the sound “P” without their express permission “disappeared”. So in essence, they “silenced the “P””.

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Psssh. Tell you later when I'm out of my SPadded cell

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MB20

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Not sure but if you need help i will pay for your sessions

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looks

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Same reason Psycho & Physio have a silent P....

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because you cant have 4 letters without a vowel and y is a temporary vowel so h act as the fourth, if you pronounced the p then the s would be silent

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It's because the word comes from Greek, and starts with the Greek letter "psi", which we tend to pronounce more like "sy". (Blame it on rough translation and general laziness; words that are hard to pronounce tend to get buffed off with time.)

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p 'cause it is.

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Shrink.

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It is?

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Please lay down on this comfy couch and we will talk alllll about it....

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Nimbus needs a couple of sessions and I will pay for them

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