nger

Hunger. Anger. Danger. Finger. Singer. Manger. Linger.

This confuses me.

Two words pronounced like ?n-jer.  Four pronounced like ?n-ger, with a hard heavy guh.  One pronounced like ?ng-er, with just a little soft baby guh.

Why?

Hungry and angry, but not dangry.  Dangerous, but not lingerous, or for that matter lingry, or mangerous.  (I grant that would be a real specialty word, but surely the newborn Jesus was mangerous.)

Was a finger ever something that finged?  Or funged, or fung?  A little man who visited James Thurber said that fungers were the past of fingers and when you said you were all thumbs, you were actually all fungers...

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