If you have no idea what I'm talking about, the word 'ghoti' is merely an alternate spelling of the word 'fish'. Yes, it is, and I'll prove it. Say the 'gh' sound from enough, the 'o' from women, and the 'ti' fron nation, put them all together, and voila!, you have fish!
Have you ever noticed how many different ways in English the syllable 'ough' can be pronounced? By my count, there are eight:
- uff (enough rough, tough, slough)
- ooh (through)
- oh (though, dough)
- ow (bough, plough, drought)
- aw (thought, bought, ought, wrought)
- awf (cough)
- ock (lough)
- up (hiccough)
As I may have said somewhere recently, it's a wonder anyone who speaks English can spell anything correctly. Let me add a corollary to that. It's a wonder anyone who reads English can pronounce anything correctly.
It is, indeed, a fine kettle of ghoti.