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To celebrate International poetry day, we thought it would be a good idea to dig out this literary challenge.
In 1922, Dutch poet Gerard Nolste Trenité wrote a colossal poem containing about 800 bizarre irregularities in the English language.
It reads part tongue twister, part instruction manual.
Here's how it begins:
Let's stop there for a moment. That last line tells us why it's so difficult to learn english: four 'or' words and not one of them sounds even remotely alike.
Once you've managed to stumble your way through the first part, surely you get used to it? Surely it gets easier?
There's also this wonderfully simple line:
The poem finally ends on a very important question:
To which he helpfully answers:
If you've had enough of trying to work out how to pronounce all the words, you can listen to the entire poem, below:
How did you get on? Let us know in the comments...
HT The Poke
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