Friday, December 22, 2006

You say potato, I say ‘gheauphtheightough’

Seen at ADS-L:

> I once saw a similar gag to “ghoti”, which I cannot recall except
> that it had three phonemes, one of which was /t/ spelled “phth” as in
> “phthisic”.  Does anyone know it?

Perhaps:
gheauphtheightough pronounced potato
gh as in hiccough
eau as in beau
phth as in phthisis
eight as in eight
ough as in though

(along with ghoti/fish and one other) in The English Journal Mar. 1945 p.152

Posted by Nathan Bierma on 12/22 at 09:49 AM
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