What does fathom mean?
Verb. Fathom comes to us from Old English fæthm, meaning “outstretched arms.” The noun fathom, which now commonly refers to a measure (especially of depth) of six feet, was originally used for the distance, fingertip to fingertip, created by stretching one’s arms straight out from the sides of the body.
Is the T silent in water?
It depends. The “t” in water and matter can be pronounced correctly a few different ways. Different dialects will pronounce the “t” as the the traditional letter T is pronounced /t/, but it is most commonly pronounced as an Alveolar flap , /ɾ/, and in some dialects you will here is glotallized as a Glottal stop /ʔ/.