“Rough,” “through,” “though,” “bough,” and “cough” are all spelled alike but don’t rhyme. I remember in school having to memorize a sentence that contained something like thirty-four exceptions to the “I before E, except after C” rule. All I remember of it today is, “On the weir in the weird heights behind the sovereign’s castle . . . .” Mark Twain allegedly joked that “fish” should be spelled G-H-O-T-


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