Definitions

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  • n. Alternative spelling of fish.

Etymologies

Though frequently reported to be a coinage of George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), this term dates back to at least 1855. (Wiktionary)

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  • Gone ghotion.

    November 15, 2010

  • A constructed word used to illustrate irregularities in English spelling. It is pronounced 'fish' - gh as in tough. o as in women. ti as in nation.

    August 15, 2009

  • In Jr. High my friends and I were avid fans of a band called Ghoti Hook. Because of that band I knew the meaning of this word as a 14 year old. HA!

    July 17, 2009

  • There is also Phtholognyrrh pronounced: Turner, According to a Mr. Turner who insisted on signing his name that way according to Robert M. Rennick in I Didn't Catch Your Name, Verbatim® Vol. XXix, No2. Mr Turner explains: " Look, the phth is like phthisic, which is pronounced t; olo is like colonel, which is pronounced ur; gn as in gnat is pronounced n; and yrrh as in myrrh, is pronounced er. So you have Turner. Nothing could be simpler." Reader's Digest, Jan . 1941, p. 42

    September 1, 2008

  • Should be required reading for any linguist. Or educator.

    October 4, 2007

  • On my list. The title alone is intriguing. :-)

    October 4, 2007

  • From Barry Rudd, not Batman and Robin. Let's give credit where credit is due.

    If you haven't read "The Child Buyer," go check it out immediately.

    October 4, 2007

  • Robin: "Ghoti" is "fish"?
    Batman: See here. English phonetics. GH becomes F, as in "tough" or "laugh". O becomes I as in "women". TI becomes SH as in "ration" or the word "nation".
    Robin: Holy semantics, Batman. You never cease to amaze me!

    May 24, 2007

  • Wikipedia has a terribly interesting article on this word.

    December 13, 2006