Re: (OT) The Chaos

Subject: Re: (OT) The Chaos
From: <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 9:03:40 -0500

It's non-rhotic.

It revealed to me words that I mispronounce, and some for which the standard American pronunciation is different. In the case of a few words (like plover) a mispronunciation has become more common than the correct one.

My favorite couplet:
Gertrude, German, wind and wind,
Beau, kind, kindred, queue, mankind,

You cannot know how to pronounce the first line without first having read the second. We know that in computer science as a two-pass algorithm.

---- David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Somehow, I had never before stumbled upon the poem titled "The Chaos"
> which includes some 800 notoriously difficult and irregular spellings
> in English. It is practically guaranteed to boggle the mind of anyone
> studying English as a foreign language--and is ample testament to the
> need for substantial spelling reform.
> I hope you find it as fascinating as I have:
> <>


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