Double consonants often appear in the middle or at the end of a word like:

kitty, Eiffel, thriller, brilliant

bass, guess, basketball

However, I wonder if there are any words (including loanwords) which begin with the double consonants. Any help is appreciated.

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    Llama :) Are Welsh place names allowed as part of the answer? ;)
    – Marv Mills
    Mar 13, 2015 at 12:54
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    There are records of families with the surname FFISKE in East Anglia.
    – WS2
    Mar 13, 2015 at 13:19
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    Lloyd comes from Welsh. Mar 13, 2015 at 14:15
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    English has been borrowing for a long time. Mar 13, 2015 at 14:16
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    Rrrrroll up the Rrrrim to Win has two examples. .. ;) Mar 13, 2015 at 14:16

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The loanword llano from Spanish.

n. an extensive grassy plain with few trees.

  • But isn't the Spanish 'll' a vowel? It's pronounced rather like the English 'y'.
    – jamesqf
    Mar 13, 2015 at 17:54
  • It's a matter of dialect. In many parts of central and south America and in the canary islands it's pronounced like a j.
    – tylerharms
    Mar 13, 2015 at 20:46
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    @jamesqf the pronunciation of words like llave and llamo use the sound /ʝ/ or /ʎ/ which are not vowel sounds. It is similar to the English /j/ as in university, a word which is not preceded by an. Mar 19, 2015 at 16:24
  • Yes, "ll" in Spanish is regarded as it's own letter, pronounced roughly like "y" in "yes". But since it's two letters in English that means that "llano" and "llama" and a bunch of other loanwords from Spanish begin with two "l" characters.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 26, 2015 at 20:30

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