Rhymes ridiculing English spelling

The Simplified Spelling Society collects poems showing the absurdities of English spelling. (Via Boing Boing.) This one appeared in the Spectator in 1902.

Why is break not rhymed with freak?
Will you tell me why it’s true
We say sew but likewise few?
And the maker of the verse,
Cannot rhyme his horse with worse….

 

Reminds me of the Pensacola Christian College-published phonics charts I memorized in kindergarten and first grade.

Sometimes, in waking nightmares, I still find myself repeating the words from one of them in order: “oo” as in book, “oo” as in tooth, “oa” as in boat, “ay” as in pray….


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