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Are there any “-nk-” or “-nc-” words in English where there isn't a “ng” before the “k” sound?

In words like think and lank, we actually seem to be saying "thing-k" and "lang-k." Can anyone thing-k of any words or rules for sound use where this doesn't happen?
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What do you call that sound uncouth people make by gurgling the snot in their sinuses?

There may not be a word for it, but maybe there is a better or more concise way of describing it.
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Expressions that are not words, but sounds

Jamaican-style patois and derivations thereof seem to be on the rise again in British cities after a lull (I remember it being very popular in the 70s and early 80s). While on a trip to London I was ...
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What is the origin of “shh”?

The word "sh" (or "shh") is an exclamation for silence: Shh! They're listening... Etymonline only mentions a date (1847) and the common practice of "putting a finger to the lips." Does anyone ...
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Longest English word without a vowel sound

I am not an English student, by discipline I am physicist, so am asking this question in innocence. I searched Google for the longest word without a vowel sound and I get these results: The ...
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Name for that sound you make with pursed lips

I tried searching, but couldn't find anything. What's that sound called, the one you make when you purse your lips and make that kissing kind of sound? I guess people make the sound in different ...
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What is the name of the ɔʏ sound?

What's the English name of the oi sound written as "eu" and commonly found in Germanic words like Deutschland, and names like Euler and von Neumann?
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Difference between female and male usage [closed]

What explains the difference of a de facto larger frequency of vowels of one writer compared to another? In the statistics data I examined, a vowel had higher probability in the text from the female ...
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Word for a sound of insult-with-a-smile

What is that sound called, when one produces a short demeaning (almost as if looking down upon the other person) sound, which might be followed by a very cunning smile. Example: A: The US is ...
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Words for sounds made during intimacy [closed]

What are some words that describe sounds made during intimacy?
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Name of the high pitch sound produced when objects are hit against each other underwater

For instance, when a spoon or ice cube hits a glass of water
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Name of sound when final drops of water drain down basin

What is the name of the sound when the last remaining drops of water are about to drain down the plug hole of a basin when the plug is removed? Here is a sample. The last part is not loud enough for ...
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What kind of sound is a chirruping noise?

The sound I’d like to know is that made by a man toward a cat and a horse, not made by animals. According to a dictionary, when a man chirrups, it means to make clucking or clicking sounds with the ...
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Can you give me any examples of children's pronunciation of words? [closed]

Firstly, I'm sorry, but I am not a language expert, so please don't be too judgemental of this quetion. Secondly, I understand that my question is not probably not very clear but basically, I am ...
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Phrase to describe a chair being pulled

I'm lost for words to complete this sentence: The sound of the chair _ against the floor can be heard clearly as the room silence with my sudden action.
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How should I write sounds? [closed]

How should I write "boom," when it's the sound of a cannon? Or "creek," when it's the sound of a door? Or "wham," when it's the sound of an impact? Should I use quotation marks? Italics? Both? ...
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To have something done [closed]

I have commentaries which should be sent to a server. After doing it, I'll say: I have got all the commentaries sent. Does my sentence sound natural?
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Swear words and fricatives/plosives [duplicate]

I've noticed that pretty much all swear words or profane language contains one or more fricatives, and sometimes plosives. Without listing words, if you can think of the first ten swear words that ...