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How to Spell Fish and Potato

Easter was Sunday, so I thought now would be a great time for a spelling lesson, courtesy of the Internet.

How do you spell fish? Ghoti.

Gh pronounced “f” as in enough, O pronounced as “i” in women, Ti pronounced “sh” in nation or motion.

Next, spell potato. Ghoughphtheightteeau.

Gh pronounced “p” as in hiccough, ough pronounced “o” as in dough, phth pronounced “t” as in phthisis, eigh pronounced “a” as in neighbor, tte pronounced “t” as in gazette and  eau pronounced “o” as in plateau.

Ain’t English grand?

Until next time! Use the right words!


April 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is That a “Yam” or a “Sweet Potato?”

Thanksgiving is about a month away. Many festival meals include some sort of yam or sweet potato.

I don’t like either one, so I don’t pay attention. As a result, I never realized that they are two different foods. I always assumed they were two names for the same food.

In fact, a yam, which is not even closely related to a sweet potato, has a brown or black skin that looks like the bark of a tree; and off-white, purple or red flesh, depending on the variety, says They grow in tropical climates, primarily in South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Several online sites say yam comes from an African word meaning “to eat.”

According to, sweet potatoes have five grams of protein per eight ounces; yams have two grams of protein.

What I see more often in my supermarket is the sweet potato. It has tapered ends and is much more pale than a yam, has yellow skin and yellow flesh. There also is a darker version that people often get confuse for a yam. But this sweet potato is dark orange or red.

So, if you see something orange called “candied yams” at your Thanksgiving dinner, realize that it’s not a yam at all.

Popeye might not have been right when he said “I yam what I yam.” But “I sweet potato what I sweet potato” makes no sense.

Until next time! Use the right words!

October 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment


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