THE LETTERS ‘c’, ‘p’ and ‘h’ could soon be removed from Portuguese words where they are not pronounced, in an attempt to unify and simplify the language.

It could mean getting rid of letters such as the ‘h’ in the word ‘Húmido’ (Damp, Humid) which could become ‘Úmido’.

The measure is part of an Orthographic Accord signed in Barcelona in 1990 by Portuguese speaking countries which was never put into practice but could soon be revived by the Portuguese government in a conference in Lisbon next month, where the accord will again be debated.

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