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Words That Aren’t Spelled The Way They Sound

I heard an old song on the radio today, “My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown. As I listened to the lyrics (Everybody’s talking all this stuff about me/Why don’t they just let me live?), it dawned on me that the word prerogative isn’t spelled the it’s pronounced.

That got me wondering what other words aren’t pronounced the way they’re spelled. I thought of February and Wednesday and, of course, façade.

When I searched online, I cam across dozens: all the words that are spelled -ph but are pronounced -f and all the words spelled -gh but pronounced -f or are silent.

That wasn’t what I had in mind when I decided to write this.

I wanted words that don’t seem to follow any rules and are misspelled if you try to sound them out phonetically.

Words such as colonel, sword, bologna, lasagne, the Massachusetts town Worcester and that city in Arizona, Tucson. 

Yarmulke, comfortable, actor Ralph Fiennes and anyone named Siobhan.

Words like these are why I really like some Latin-based languages such as Spanish: Everything is phonetic.

Until next time! Use the right words!

October 28, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,

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