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A little less than a happy high
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whatifoundthere From: whatifoundthere Date: March 31st, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
This so-called "example" has always bugged me. No word in English has an F-sound represented by GH at the beginning of the word. And no word in English has an SH-sound represented by TI at the end, either; TI is dependent on letters that follow it (-tion, -tial, etc.). The reason why an English speaker doesn't see "fish" when looking at "ghoti" is simply that English spelling doesn't work that way. I'll be the first to admit that English has freaky spelling rules, but the word "ghoti" doesn't illustrate anything useful about them.

inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: March 31st, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
well duh...
komos From: komos Date: March 31st, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Considering that this was something that came to me in another overtired state, I really can't say that I've put that much thought into it. Hell, even as a snigglet, I'm not sure how useful it is. At the time, it struck me as conceptually funny and probably entirely without merit.
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