This was later added for the spelling to make it more similar to the Latin root (salmo, where the ‘l‘ is pronounced), however pronunciation didn’t change. That said, the ‘l‘ in ‘yolk‘ is also silent, unless this isn’t the case in some American dialects I have never heard.
Is yolk or yoke pronounced?
Q: Most of us were taught that the yellow part of an egg, though pronounced like “yoke,” is spelled “yolk.” But a recent AP story called it “yoke” many times. And the Webster unabridged lists “yoke” as a variant spelling.
Do people pronounce the L in yolk?
1 answer. This is referred to as “L-vocalization”. Check out the Wikipedia article on the topic. In my own speech, I pronounce both words without any /l/, i.e. I say folk as if it were “foke” and yolk for me has the same pronunciation as yoke.
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