In  British and World Drama class yesterday, I was introduced to a bit of brilliance.

George Bernard Shaw, a British playwright made famous by his play Pygmalion which was later turned into the musical “My Fair Lady,” was apparently quite interested in phonetics. He believed that the English language’s use of phonetics is absurd, and should be reformed.

To prove his point, he used the word ghoti which he said should be the correct spelling of fish. 

“Gh” should be pronounced as in rough, “o” as in women, and “ti” as in  nation –  and you end up with “fish.”

Sounds fishy, you say?

I think it is brilliant! Honestly, who would have thought of ghoti?!!

 Now, I cannot seem to get that word out of my mind…