Ghoti

I’ve been watching the new season of The Apprentice on BBC, and the first candigate to go was a phonetics teacher, which made me think of the word ghoti.

A ghoti is an animal that swims in the sea. This isn’t the usual spelling, but based on certain phonemes, for example ‘gh’ as in ‘tough’, ‘o’ as pronounced in ‘women’ and ‘ti’ as in ‘motion’ – gh-o-ti, pronounced ‘fish’

 

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