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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