January 31, 2010

The Chaos by Gerard Nolst Trenité

Here's The Chaos, a poem that is a catalogue of about 800 of the most notorious irregularities of traditional English orthography. Background on the poem and author here.

Here's the first 4 lines.

Dearest creature in creation
Studying English pronunciation,
  I will teach you in my verse
  Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.

At 274-lines, it's long, but worth skimming. If you find this sort of thing amusing. Which I do.

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