How Do You Spell PHD?
The spelling of the word "PhD" is not intuitive phonetically. The IPA transcription of this word is /piːˌeɪtʃˈdiː/. The "P" and "D" are pronounced as expected, but the "h" is silent. The "P" stands for "philosophy," which refers to the original meaning of the doctoral degree. The "h" comes from the Latin word "philosophiae," where the "ph" was used to represent the sound of "f." Understanding the origins of the word can help make sense of its unusual spelling.