So now, we can describe the problem. The word mic, as a
colloquial form of microphone, appears to violate an
obvious spelling rule of English. It appears that every other
one-syllable word in English which ends in “ic” is pronounced
/ik/, not /i:k/: Bic, hic (the transcription of
the sound a drunk makes), pic (short for picture),
sic, tic, Vic. This is actually a more
general rule, which I'll call the long vowel “e” rule; in
English, most of the time, if what we usually call a
“long” vowel appears in the last syllable of a word, and is
followed by a consonant, the word ends in "e", and if the vowel is
“short”, there's no final “e”: bit vs. bite,
win vs. wine, quit vs.
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