Friday, January 13, 2012

Why It's Hard to Spell in English

From Brian P. Cleary 
Reason #234 that English is a hard language to learn: the –OUGH sound. “Though he had a rough cough, he still thought he could jump through the air and touch the bough of the tree.”
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Most people have trouble remembering how to spell one word or another. When I was a kid (long before spellcheck) my enemy was "necessary". It was mostly the C' and S's many of each? So I came up with "1 COAT, 2 SHOES" to remember 1 C and 2 S's. As a grownup, I wrote a whole book of these tricks.