Is there any word in the English language that contains the letter combination "-cy-" and pronounced with a hard 'c'? I find it strange that all the common use words are pronounced with a soft 'c' if the 'c' is followed by a 'y', considering that Middle English pronounced the combination as 'ky'.
Here's a (most likely incomplete) list of all the words I found where cy has a hard c:
- Baccy is pronounced /ˈbæki/.
- Choccy is pronounced /ˈtʃɒki/.
- Laccy is pronounced /ˈlaki/.
- Leccy is pronounced /ˈlɛki/.
- Piccy is pronounced /ˈpɪki/.
- Placcy is pronounced /ˈplaki/.
- Talcy is pronounced /ˈtalki/ or /ˈtælki/.
- Tobaccy is pronounced /təˈbaki/.
All of these words (except for "talcy") seem to have been formed within the past 200 years. Some words that would have been spelled like this end up with a k added, such as colicky.