Gee, I don't know . . . “talk,” “walk,” “half,”, “calf”
Maybe we should ask the Colonel?
Just because there are a few examples of silent "L" doesn't mean ALL of them are... :-)
Also I would pronounce the L to some extent in all of those words... they certainly don't sound the same as if the L wasn't there at all, which is the case with the solder/sodder argument.
I put my soldering iron in it's hoL
der, not it's hodder.
Anyways I'm happy for everyone to pronounce it however they want, just interested in how
the L became silent