How are the words `drought’ and `draught’ pronounced?

The `gh’ in `drought’ is silent; the word rhymes with `doubt’, `shout’, and `pout’. The `gh’ in `draught’, on the other hand, is pronounced like the `f’ in `fish’, `feet’, and `foul’. `Draught’ is pronounced like the word `draft’. In American English, `draught’ is spelt `draft’. We all know what `drought’ means; it’s the period when we have continuous dry weather, and as a result, we don’t have enough water to meet our needs. Drought and famine are very common in some parts of Africa.

A `draught’, on the other hand, is the unwanted current of air that comes into a place. For example, during winter nights, cold air manages to get into the house even when we have all the doors and windows closed.

*I could feel the cold draught coming through the wooden walls.

 Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – May 28, 2007  

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