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Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.


Puzzle ID:#218
Fun:*** (2.56)
Difficulty:*** (2.43)
Submitted By:Phyllis*****!
Corrected By:teen_wiz




If you break down the word GHOTI phonetically, it could be pronounced 'FISH'. How?

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Aug 15, 2002

he would also make you sleep with the fish lol
Feb 27, 2005

Very creative puzzle. I came up with couGH, Odium, and terTIary. I think that gives you FISH as well.
May 26, 2005

Oct 22, 2005

i kinda got it, not really but kinda!!! u gotta give me some credit!
Nov 22, 2005

Very cool! I never would have thought of that.
Nov 28, 2005

This Iheard 20+ years ago!
Jan 06, 2006

I heard this one before but it's still a great teaser
Jan 09, 2006

Great, tough teaser ... I would recommend rephrasing it to say it "could" be broken down phonetically to sound like "fish." You wouldn't technically break down "GHOTI" phonetically that way.
Jan 19, 2006

love it. that is SO cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 26, 2006

very clever and witty thanks for the cool teaser
Jan 29, 2006

I dont know how you get that "O" in women sounds like 'I" It doesnt with me, or the few women I asked. Still found the puzzle interesting, but didnt agree.
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Feb 02, 2006

This was a very well thought out teaser. I gotta give you credit or making me scratch my head. Keep up the good work.
Mar 03, 2006

Cool! i never thought of that
Mar 13, 2006

very smart keep 1s like that coming
Mar 14, 2006

I've heard this one before, but I still like it. Cute and fun!
Mar 15, 2006

great puzzel i just hope u think the way of my teasers mine are a interesting book and a hardcontest look 4 em k pall
Mar 25, 2006

May 25, 2006

well by the same token, the word "cozy" could be spelt Chthwdzhae
Feb 13, 2007

I heard this one in middle school! And I could be wrong, but I think there's a Christian band named that...
Feb 28, 2007

I thought it was completely random. There were so many ossible ways one could have split up GHOTI.
Feb 28, 2007

Jul 16, 2010

I think when people put teasers in that are not original, they should state the source. This is not a creative teaser, but a simplification of a widely known puzzle which asks the reader to work out what 4-letter word "ghoti" spells!

"Ghoti" is often attributed to G.B. Shaw (1856-1950). In addition to his essays, plays and novels, he promoted reform of the English language.

Readers might also be interested to try another (less famous) example of this - "Ghoughpteighbteau" as an alternative spelling of ******!!

Clue: Like the "ghoti", it's also found below ground level and popularly eaten, fried with ghoti!

[I'll come back next year to see if anyone has worked it out.]
Oct 18, 2013

Potato. I love this one - oddities of language always make me smile.
Jul 02, 2014

Well done, Kittycat!!

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