Why is colonel spelled the way it is? Shouldnt it be, "Cernal"?

In French, of course, Colonel is pronounced the way it is spelled. But English long ago gave up pronouncing words the way they were spelled.
There are a lot of English words that not spelled the way they sound. That's why English is the hardest language to learn to write.

fish starts with an F
photo starts with a PH

your colonel is in reference to a rank in the military. But on a corncob, it's spelled 'kernel'.
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