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EtymologyEdit

Though frequently reported to be a coinage of George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), this term dates back to at least 1855.[1]

A jocular spelling of fish (/fɪʃ/) used to illustrate irregularities in English spelling:

  • gh, /f/ as in laugh, /læf/, /læːf/, /laːf/;
  • o, /ɪ/ as in women, /ˈwɪmɪn/, /ˈwɪmən/; and
  • ti, /ʃ/ as in nation, /ˈneɪʃən/.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ghoti (plural ghoti)

  1. (rare, humorous) A constructed word said to be an alternative spelling of fish.

Usage notesEdit

  • The term is very rarely used, though it is mentioned with somewhat greater frequency than it is used.

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