The joys of the English language

Jan 11, 2012 | Language

Tongue tiedOne of my favourite organisations on Facebook is What’s your English and they recently posted a tongue-tyingly wonderful challenge. According to them (and The Poke), if you can pronounce correctly every word in the following poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.

Apparently, a Frenchman trying the verses said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud. Here are the first ten:

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)


How’d you do? Click here to read the rest.