Is haphazard the only word where ph is not pronounced like /f/?


No. Trying to find other examples is an uphill battle, though.

In greater detail: Words that came from Greek and have a 'ph' in a single morpheme tend to use the /f/ pronunciation (except some cases like "Stephen" where it's /v/ — voiced instead of unvoiced). However, words that were formed by combining separate morphemes (such as uphill, loophole, haphazard, etc) have a 'ph' that belongs to two morphemes and does not represent an /f/ sound.

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    You had to go out to the aphelion for such an upheaval.
    – Robusto
    May 8 '12 at 18:47
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    Aphelion has one pronunciation that upholds the point, another that doesn't. May 8 '12 at 19:05
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    @jwpat7 - Stop now, before you hurt his aphelions.
    – MT_Head
    May 8 '12 at 20:40
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    @jwpat7 Hm, “uphold” … is that pronounced /ˌə'fōld/? Or is it another loofole? May 8 '12 at 20:47
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    @GEdgar, I'd expect astronomers, being also familiar with terms like parhelion and perihelion, to say /æpˈhiːlɪən/ (ie, p pronounced) rather than /əˈfiːlɪən/. Note, from etymonline: aphelion, "point farthest from the sun" ... 1670s, a Grecianized form of Mod.L. aphelium, altered by Johannes Kepler based on Gk. apo heliou ... from apo "away from" ... + heliou, gen. of helios "sun" ... May 9 '12 at 1:33

'haphazard' is a word which has 'ph' and is not pronounced as 'f'(a few people may suggest 'amphitheater' as another word but I can't say for sure). However, there are several compound words where 'ph' doesn't sound like 'f' when pronounced. A few of such compound words are:

flophouse, loophole, peephole, uphill, uphold, upholster.

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    Note that haphazard was also originally a compound (NOAD, M-W). My guess is that this is the reason for all cases. It is the same way with porthole.
    – zpletan
    May 8 '12 at 19:15
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    Also, amphitheater, coming as it does from Greek, should have the 'f' sound.
    – zpletan
    May 8 '12 at 19:17
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    Your answer contradicts itself. "peephole" has a "ph" as much as "haphazard" does. May 8 '12 at 20:21
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    "Unique" means "the only one" May 8 '12 at 20:31
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    When is the last time you saw "upholstery" or "upholster" hyphenated? They are as much units as "haphazard" is now. As for downvotes, I feel that if your answer had recognized that "haphazard" is not unique, if you had researched more about "amphitheater", and if you had not called "upholster" a compound word, your answer would have been better. I didn't feel the need to submit an answer since Mr Shiny and New has a fine one. May 8 '12 at 22:03

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