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The Weird bunch

11 November 2004

English is hard for a lot of people. Not for me and I always wondered how it could be hard for others. But now I can understand. Read this sentence:

"He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas."

What is strange about it? It contains seven 7!!!!!) different spellings of the [i] ("ee") sound.

Or this one:

A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

Found out what is interesting about it?
It contains nine ways the combination "ough" can be pronounced. Yes. Nine different ways to pronounce the same 4 letters.

Please forgive me for ever thinking English is easy.

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