Ghoti (/fɪʃ/) is an oft-cited parody of English's irregular spelling, erroneously attributed to George Bernard Shaw is the spelling for "fish" could quite easily be "ghoti" according to the following "rules":
- gh, pronounced /f/ as in tough /tʌf/;
- o, pronounced /ɪ/ as in women /ˈwɪmɪn/; and
- ti, pronounced /ʃ/ as in nation /ˈneɪʃən/.
To spoil all the fun, the problem with this is that the digraph "gh" is only pronounced /f/ at the ends of syllables, never at the beginning. Also "ti" is not a recognised English digraph and only can only be pronounced /ʃ/ before -tion -tian, -tious -tient, -tiate, i.e. never at the end of a word.