Unclear As To The Spelling

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  1. Steve North

    Steve North Veteran Member
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    I am not sure about this, but if someone can tell me what it is all about..
    SPELLING ...................
    How do you spell ..... fish ??? ......................... GHOTI ..... spells fish.....

    enough ================== F ...... GH
    women =================== I ....... O
    lotion ==================== SH ... TI

    Therefore GHOTI ....... is another way to spell FISH
     
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    Our spelling is a little strange - the Americans have a better take on it
    Would be a lot easier your way :p
     
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    Maybe this should be in the games section.;)
     
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  4. Steve North

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    There are other words that can be spelled that way..
    I was just wondering if anyone knew what that method is called and if you knew anything about it ...
     
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    Now you've lost me Steve - easily done :p
    What method ? No one spells 'enuf' or 'loshon' that way .............. do they ?
     
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    I too use to do that in my younger years. It made for a lot of fun with my children.

    -Noun- Historical Linguistics
    Phonetic law: A statement of some regular pattern of sound change in a specific language, as Grimm's law or Verner's law.

    :D
     
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    I take it you already know
    Of tough and cough and dough?
    But what about, hiccough, thorough and through?

    Beware of heard, a dreadful word
    That looks like beard and sounds like bird,


    And dead: it's said like bed, not bead --
    For goodness sake don't call it 'deed'

    Watch out for meat and great and threat...
    They rhyme with suite and straight and debt.

    (meat-suite, great-straight, threat-debt.)

    There isn't a moth in mother,
    Nor both in bother, or broth in brother,

    And here is not in there
    But ear is in dear and fear
    But not in bear and pear;

    And then there's dose and rose
    But lose, goose and choose,


    And cork and work and card and ward,
    And font and front and word and sword,


    And do and go and thwart and cart --
    Come, come, I've hardly made a start!


    A dreadful language? Man alive!
    I'd learned to speak it when I was five!


    But will I write it before I die?
    I hope so, I say with a sigh!
     
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  8. Steve North

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    WOW !!! ......... Honey......
    I thought I was just asking about something and you enlightened me to no end..
    I never thought of it like that, but you are right..

    Thanks ...........
     
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    Glad you enjoyed Steve
     
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    @Steve North
    This sounds like something about the bathroom door on a tuna boat. :p
     
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  11. Steve North

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    Frank... Most likely you are right..
    I just mentioned it for fun and I think I created a monster on here..
    It doesn't matter because we are here to have fun and we are doing just that..

    Tuna boat ????? perhaps more likely a Herring Trolley....
     
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    @Steve North

    Ahhh, Steve! I was only casting about seeking to find if any others had heard and retained the rather low-life inference of the original joke. Seems as though you may not have. Please remember, I've been "around the block" probably many more times than most others here, and thus have encountered more of the crass and gutter-bound information than most. I shan't do it here, but please see my PM.
    Frank

    P.S. Bet Ken knows the joke??
     
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  13. Steve North

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    I do now and...

    I LOVE IT ......
     
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    OK @Frank Sanoica , Do tell us as well. I'm dense! But I do want to KNOW! What's the funny here?
     
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    I was wondering that too Ina. Enlighten us Frank.
     
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