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George Bernard Shaw, the famous Irish writer, wanted to reform English spelling so that it was more logical. He asked the following question as an example:
How do we pronounce the word “ghoti”?
The answer was “fish”.
How can “ghoti” and “fish” sound the same? Shaw explained it like this:
- the gh = f as in rouGH
- the o = i as in wOmen
- the ti = sh as in naTIon
*) If you’re wondering what kind of fish this is: Cherry barb (DK: Titteya-barbe)