Ghoti is Pronounced Fish in the English Language

Quick, say "ghoti." If you didn't say "fish" then obviously you don't know anything about English spelling.

Try this: pronounce gh as in tough, o as it women, and ti as in nation. That's right, you get "fish." (Wink and nod: ghotl' is the Klingon word for, you guessed it, fish).

Ghoti has been used by advocates of English spelling reform as far back as 1855 (it was later popularized by George Bernard Shaw), though obviously their efforts to simplify the spellings of English words have largely failed.

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