As I occasionally do during odd moments, I’ve been thinking about English and English spelling.
Consider the verb to hone, as in to hone a skill. You can easily add an s to it. As in He hones his skills every day. So far so good. But append a t to hones and you have honest. What on earth happened to the h?
How about horror and honor and humor? Exhume and exhale? Heir and hair?
And then there’s the verb to cleave.
It can mean to split, as with a sharp instrument, as in There in the corner was the big axe that he used to cleave wood for the fire. But it can also mean to adhere together, as in Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh (Genesis 2:24).
English is a very strange language. Endlessly fascinating, though.