A woman asked a baker, “Please place a photo of my daughter on a graduation cake, and put a cap on her head.” (This is my summary of what the woman probably said.)
Before I share the link, let me explain about voiced sounds and unvoiced sounds.
If were you to pronounce the sounds of these letters you’d notice all you are doing is producing air from your lips: Try it, say the sounds each letter makes. Ready?
Say these sounds: S F H P
(We haven’t even begun trying blends such as SH, or WH …)
So why is it hard to discriminate between Cap and Cat? P is a silent UNVOICED sound …. but T is a VOICED sound. I wonder if the woman called the baker on the telephone, if she was very busy, or if she had a hearing loss. Of course, you might think why didn’t she put two and two together? After all, the baker was to write “Congratulations” on the cake.
Maybe she thought the woman just published a book about her cat!! After all that’s what I just did, and I’d love the cake!! (Just don’t tell my Weight Watcher friends!)