After  “short” vowels in word middles.

badger

bludger

bludging

budgerigar

budget

codger

cudgel

dodgy

edges

edging

edgy

fidget

fledgling

gadget

grudging

ledger

lodger

midget

Mudgee

Murrumbidgee

Pidgin

pledging

podgy

sledging

smidgin

stodgy

wedgie

Wedgwood

widget

4 thoughts on “dg as in budgie

  1. Moira

    Dear Author,
    I’m getting confused if the article is -dge or -dg itself. Since I’m only not in married age, I have no idea. Could you help? I’d really appreciate it.

    (especially budget)
    Thxx | Moira | Yours From Spelfabet

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    1. alison Post author

      The spellings ‘dge’ and ‘dg’ are used for the sound /j/ after ‘short/checked’ vowels, as in badge, hedge, fridge, lodge, budge, or gadget, edgy, fidget, lodger, budget. After other vowels we typically use ‘ge’ at word endings, or just ‘g’ in word middles. Hope that makes sense. Having a set of consonant spellings that go after ‘short/checked’ vowels and a different set after other vowels allows us to represent 18-20 vowel sounds with just 5 vowel letters, or 6 if you include letter y.

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