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Absurdities Of English Spelling & Pronunciation

10 April 2014 - 10:22 PM

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 bear and pear,
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 and thwart and cart -
Come, come, I've hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Man alive!
I'd mastered it when I was five!


Quoted by Vivian Cook and Melvin Bragg 2004,
by Richard Krogh, in D Bolinger & D A Sears, Aspects of Language, 1981,
and in Spelling Progress Bulletin March 1961, Brush up on your English.


I had no idea there were SO many poems about the absurdities of English spelling & pronunciation.  Here's a link to many, many more:  http://www.spellings...media/poems.php.



New Feature In Forums--Check It Out!

14 December 2013 - 10:59 PM

I was so excited to see this feature when we upgraded.  (We had this feature on my business' forum a little bit ago.)  I really like so many of the new features, but wanted to tell you of this one.


When you're looking at a list of topics, you can get a preview before you open the tab.  Here's a list of topics:

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When you hover over the right location, between the topic and the author information, you'll see a faint or bold arrow.

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Click the arrow to see the initial topic, and the last reply.  If you have read some of the thread, you'll also see the first unread post, in between these two.

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Click the X in the circle to close the preview.  Hope you find this as useful as I do!

Hooray For Gradient Maps!

13 November 2013 - 10:43 AM

I want to give a cheer for Diane Lardieri's tutorial in November 7th's newsletter on gradient maps. I'm sure this isn't the first time SG has covered them, but this article really caught my eye and provided inspiration. I just had a chance to try them out, and WOW, how wonderful they can be, and so quick!

Thank you, Diane!