570. FISH IS THE SAME AS GHOTI!

 

George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright, critic and polemicist maintained that the word “FISH” could be spelt GHOTI”.

 

The word is intended to be pronounced in the same way of fish (/fɪʃ/), using these sounds:

  • gh, pronounced [f] as in enough [ɪˈnʌf] or tough [tʌf];
  • o, pronounced [ɪ] as in women [ˈwɪmɪn];
  • ti, pronounced [sh] as in nation[ˈneɪ̯ʃən] or motion [ˈməʊʃən].