conscience vs science

stephenlearner

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

I am studying the palatalization. I found that ci in conscience has went through palatalization, but it hasn't in science. Why?

Is it because the more frequently one word is used in everyday life, the more susceptible to palatalization it would become? Conscience was once more frequently used than science, I guess, due to the fact that Christianity once played a very important role in everyone's life.

What do you think?

Thanks.
 
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