Can “fish” really be spelled “pheti”?

My teacher has a sign in his room that says:

The English Language is a Challenge: This is why “Fish” can be spelled “Pheti”!

Is this true or is just to confuse students?


StoneyB is absolutely correct in that Pheti is a joke, a play on the idiosyncrasies of the English spelling and pronunciation but it doesn’t end there. In fact, it should arouse a phonic and phonemic awareness in the reader or student reading that word. As it appears to have done so with you.

In order to pronounce this word as “fish” /fɪʃ/, you need be familiar with some of the so-called conventional spelling guidelines.

  • ph

    is often pronounced as /f/. For example; photos; photocopier; elephant /ˈelɪfənt/.

  • e is sometimes pronounced as /ɪ/. For example; England, women /ˈwɪmɪn/. N.B. See how the letter o is pronounced in the same way!

  • ti is sometimes pronounced as /ʃ/. For example; inflation /ɪnˈfleɪʃən/; station /ˈsteɪʃən/.

Note that in all the examples I said “is sometimes pronounced” because as nearly everyone knows by now, there are no fixed rules in English spelling or pronunciation.

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