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Category: Language

Topic: Pronunciation

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    1. Why is 'pronounciation' so hard to say? (Contributed by Kim)
    2. Why is 'do' pronounced 'dooo' while 'so' is pronounced 'sO' instead of 'sue'? Did the English language do this on purpose to make learning our language difficult for outsiders or what? (Contributed by Fheyd)
    3. If 'GH' stands for 'P' as in 'Hiccough' and if 'OUGH' stands for 'O' as in 'Dough' and if 'PHTH' stands for 'T' as in 'Phthisis' and if 'EIGH' stands for 'A' as in 'Neighbour' and if 'TTE' stands for 'T' as in 'Gazette' and if 'EAU' stands for 'O' as in 'Plateau' then wouldn't the right way to spell 'POTATO' be 'GHOUGHPHTHEIGHTTEEAU'? (Contributed by Paul Benoit)
    4. Is there a word made up entirely of silent letters? And if there is, how would you pronounce it? (Contributed by Robert Philp)
    5. If the 'gh' in enough is pronounced like an 'f', and the 'o' in women is pronounced like an 'i', and the 'ti' in nation is pronounced like 'sh', then why isn't fish spelled 'G-H-O-T-I'? (Contributed by Durty Dan)
    6. How come words can't be spelled the way they are pronounced? And vice versa? (Contributed by Don F.)
    7. Why can't the English language decide how to pronounce the letter combination 'ough'? You know, like tough, thought, through, cough, bough, hiccough, and through. (Contributed by Mark Bakke)
    8. Why isn't the word 'silent' made up only of silent letters? (Contributed by John Foster)
    9. Who decided that live (as in live music) and live (as in being alive) should be spelt the same? (Contributed by Haeobogoblin)
    10. Why is the word recreation pronounced wreck-reation when it really means to have fun, and is spelled like re-creation? (Contributed by Felicia W.)
    11. When we speak to someone who does not understand our language, why do we speak louder? (Contributed by Janis G.)
    12. Have you EVER heard ANYONE call the month of February, Feb-roo-air-ee? (Contributed by Janis G.)
    13. If Sue slew a slew of Sioux near a slough, could she be sued for it? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    14. You have a rite to right yourself if you write about the right and find you're not right, right? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    15. Why do we tolerate silent letters? If they've got nothing to say, why don't we throw them out of the word? (Contributed by bluuto)
    16. Why is hiccough pronounced "hikkup"? (Contributed by Evaonne Hendricks)
    17. Is it really fair for W to get three times as many syllables as all the other letters? (Contributed by Ralphie)
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