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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. 29 Jul '06 23:57
    a)The word GHOTI can also sound like,
    b)and HEN can also sound like.

    HINT: The use of other words that break the rules of English will help a),
    For b) a french football player's (T.H) last name can help.
  2. 30 Jul '06 00:15
    as i said before, ghoti is the word, that is most often pronounced incorrectly in english language
  3. 30 Jul '06 00:39
    What is the question?
  4. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    30 Jul '06 01:35
    Originally posted by ThudanBlunder
    What is the question?
    Yours is the only one I see.
  5. 30 Jul '06 10:09
    Originally posted by Knight Square
    [b]a)The word GHOTI can also sound like,
    OK, so Bernard Shaw pronounces it as FISH but his point was that English spelling is too ambiguous. Is your question then "how many ways can you pronounce ghoti or hen?"
  6. 30 Jul '06 12:21
    And b) is ON
  7. 30 Jul '06 12:27
    How do you pronouce 'gnu'?
    I say it has a hard 'g' but a friend claims it is silent and pronounced like 'new'.
  8. 30 Jul '06 12:57
    Originally posted by ThudanBlunder
    How do you pronouce 'gnu'?
    I say it has a hard 'g' but a friend claims it is silent and pronounced like 'new'.
    I've always pronounced it with a hard g - like a 2 syllable word - but Chambers Dictionary agrees with your friend - the g is silent. If enough of us pronounce it our way for long enough, the dictionary will change accordingly.
  9. 30 Jul '06 13:09
    Originally posted by Mixo
    I've always pronounced it with a hard g - like a 2 syllable word - but Chambers Dictionary agrees with your friend - the g is silent.
    Yet dictionary.com claims otherwise.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gnu
  10. 30 Jul '06 17:59
    In Germany we also call that animal Gnu and pronounce it with "hard g" always.
  11. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    30 Jul '06 18:29
    Originally posted by crazyblue
    In Germany we also call that animal Gnu and pronounce it with "hard g" always.
    Thats gnu's to me
  12. 30 Jul '06 21:18
    Ghoti = fish
  13. 03 Aug '06 16:28
    Originally posted by Mixo
    I've always pronounced it with a hard g - like a 2 syllable word - but Chambers Dictionary agrees with your friend - the g is silent. If enough of us pronounce it our way for long enough, the dictionary will change accordingly.
    its true that how people often use the word lets us know how it will be pronounced down the road(future) the word Knight is a good example. In Anglo-saxon times the word was pronounced with its K not being silent. ka-Night ... somewhere in the mix the K became silent... I cant remember where I heard this.- most likely in my English Lit. class.
  14. Subscriber Suzianne
    Misfit Queen
    04 Aug '06 21:00
    Originally posted by crazyblue
    In Germany we also call that animal Gnu and pronounce it with "hard g" always.
    In America, we most often just pronounce it wildebeest...