A POEM ON SPELLING & PRONUNCIATION

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A POEM ON SPELLING & PRONUNCIATION
Author not known
I take it you already know
Of TOUGH and BOUGH and COUGH and DOUGH.
Others may stumble but not you
On HICCOUGH, THOROUGH, LOUGH and THROUGH
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps.

Beware of HEARD, a dreadful word
That looks like BEARD and sounds like BIRD
And DEAD – it’s said like BED, not BEAD.
For goodness sake, don’t call it DEED!
Watch out for MEAT and GREAT and THREAT:
They rhyme with SUITE and STRAIGHT and DEBT.

A MOTH is not a MOTH in MOTHER,
Nor BOTH in BOTHER, BROTH in BROTHER
And HERE is not a match for THERE,
Nor DEAR and FEAR for PEAR and BEAR
And then, there’s DOSE and ROSE and LOSE –
Just look them up – and GOOSE and CHOOSE
And CORK and WORK and CARD and WARD
And FONT and FRONT and WORD and SWORD
And DO and GO, then THWART and CART.
Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start.
A dreadful language? Man alive,
I’d mastered it when I was five!
#AWordADaySundayFun
about 3 years ago
1 comment
Whatsofunny

I like your poem
You speak so truly
Of spelling rules
and words unruly

Some words are tough
They must beware
Of "read" and "read"
They must take care

If students take
Your good advice
Their results will be
So very nice

Whatsofunny about 3 years ago