English is Tough Stuff

by Mark Israel
     [This is a fast-access FAQ excerpt.]
This poem is properly titled "The Chaos", and appeared in Drop
Your Foreign Accent - Engelse Uitspraakoefeningen, by G. Nolst
Trenite (5th rev. ed., H. D. Tjeenk Willink & Zoon, 1929).  It can
be found at:
     [The poem "The Chaos" is an accumulation of lots of things 
     that are strange about the way words are pronounced in English.
     It is resident at many sites. Isabelle Cecchini has pointed out
     in the alt.usage.english newsgroup that many sites carry a
     version with a spelling error. The correct spelling can be seen
     at these sites:
     A version with the common spelling error is at:
     The webmaster doesn't want to spoil the fun of anyone who'd
     like to amuse themselves looking for the spelling error. The
     answer is on another page.]