Think you know how to pronounce words of the English language? Pronounce this — Ghoti.
No, it’s not “Goh-tee.” Nor is it “Gah-tee.” Or even “Gah-hoe-tee.” It is pronounced. . . . are you ready. . . “FISH.”
The term “Ghoti” is a contrived word which was crafted to point out the idiosyncracies in the spelling of English words. Often attributed to George Bernard Shaw, the term actually has an early published reference (1874) citing an 1855 letter of one William Ollier. Now – are you ready to learn why “Ghoti” is pronounced “Fish”?
GH – as in “enough“
O – as in “women”
TI – as in “nation”
Ta dahhhhhh. . . . FISH. James Joyce subtly references the word in Finnegan’s Wake (“Gee each owe tea eye smells fish“). And in the Klingon language of Star Trek, “Ghoti” means “fish.” There is no time like the present to present this post. I just had to subject you to the subject of this post. . . . (and there’s so much more where that came from . . . . ).