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Comment Re:Calibrating the English language :-) (Score 1) 55

There's a really neat old Dr. Seuss (yes, that Dr. Seuss) book called "The Tough Coughs As He Ploughs The Dough" that illustrates this quite well.

And in San Francisco, we have Gough Street, which is not pronounced, as you might guess, to rhyme with "cough" or "rough" or "slough" or "through" or even "dough", but with the "off" in "coffin". Confused he bejezzus out of me the first time I was given directions to "Goff Street".

Waaaaay off topic: The Seuss book is a collection of his early work, for adults, way before he started doing kid's books. It's full of things like "The Cutting of the Wedding Cnouth" and essays on "The Facts of Life" and Rube Goldberg inventions. What's really interesting is all the creatures that look exactly like sneetches and Horton sitting on an egg.

Fun book. Way out of print, I'm sure, but worth poking through a used bookstore for.

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