Is it Artic or Arctic?

The spelling “artic” arises because it’s the phonetic spelling of the way most people would prefer to pronounce “arctic.” The reality is that the word “arctic” has two sounds, or phonemes, in the middle of the word that make it tricky to say.

How do you spell Artic?

Is the C silent in Arctic?

The first “c” in the word arctic is not silent. The word is pronounced ahrk-tik, not ahrt-tik.

What does Arctic mean?

Arctic, northernmost region of the Earth, centred on the North Pole and characterized by distinctively polar conditions of climate, plant and animal life, and other physical features. The term is derived from the Greek arktos (“bear”), referring to the northern constellation of the Bear.