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'''"The Chaos"''' (/ðə keɪ(j)ɒs/) is a [[poem]] by Dutchman Gerard Nolst Trenité, published in 1920, that highlights [[irregular spelling]] and [[irregular pronunciation]] in [[English]].<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chaos</ref>
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'''"The Chaos"''' (/ðə keɪ(j)ɒs/) is a [[humorous]] [[poem]] by [[Gerard Nolst Trenité]] that highlights [[irregular spelling]] and [[irregular pronunciation]] in [[English]].<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chaos</ref>
  
There have been two versions; the original short version<ref>https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ruize-rijmen/De_Chaos#cite_ref-1
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Originally published in 1920, the poem evolved through time, with Trenité adding verses. It also acquired the status of a [[meme]] that was copied and passed around by [[English language learner]]s.
</ref> and the longer "full" version<ref>https://web.archive.org/web/20050415131319/http://www.spellingsociety.org/journals/j17/caos.php</ref>
 
  
There are various videos on [[YouTube]] of people reading it, e.g. in nice [[Received Pronunciation<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfRSvTSY0d4</ref>or American <ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1edPxKqiptw</ref>
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The original version consisted of 146-lines;<ref>https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ruize-rijmen/De_Chaos#cite_ref-1
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</ref> the last "full" 274 version consisted of 274 lines<ref>https://web.archive.org/web/20050415131319/http://www.spellingsociety.org/journals/j17/caos.php</ref>
  
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There are various videos on [[YouTube]] of people reading it, e.g. in nice [[Received Pronunciation]]<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfRSvTSY0d4</ref> or [[General American]] <ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1edPxKqiptw</ref>
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The start of the text (to give an idea of its nature):
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Dearest creature in Creation,<br/>
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Studying English pronunciation,<br/>
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⁠I will teach you in my verse<br/>
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⁠Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.
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/ˈdɪərəst 'kri:tʃər ɪn kri:'eɪʃən<br/>
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'stʌdɪɪŋ(g) 'ɪŋ(g)lɪʃ  prəˌnʌnsɪˈəɪʃən<br/>
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ˈaɪ wɪl ˈti:ʧ ju: ɪn maɪ ˈvɜ:s<br/>
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ˈsaʊndz ˈlaɪk ˈkɔ:ps ˈkɔ: ˈhɔ:s ənd ˈwɜ:s/
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|}
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
  
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<references/>[[category:index]][[category:unusual articles]]
  
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Latest revision as of 07:55, 9 August 2020

"The Chaos" (/ðə keɪ(j)ɒs/) is a humorous poem by Gerard Nolst Trenité that highlights irregular spelling and irregular pronunciation in English.[1]

Originally published in 1920, the poem evolved through time, with Trenité adding verses. It also acquired the status of a meme that was copied and passed around by English language learners.

The original version consisted of 146-lines;[2] the last "full" 274 version consisted of 274 lines[3]

There are various videos on YouTube of people reading it, e.g. in nice Received Pronunciation[4] or General American [5]

The start of the text (to give an idea of its nature):

Text IPA

Dearest creature in Creation,
Studying English pronunciation,
⁠I will teach you in my verse
⁠Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.

/ˈdɪərəst 'kri:tʃər ɪn kri:'eɪʃən
'stʌdɪɪŋ(g) 'ɪŋ(g)lɪʃ prəˌnʌnsɪˈəɪʃən
ˈaɪ wɪl ˈti:ʧ ju: ɪn maɪ ˈvɜ:s
ˈsaʊndz ˈlaɪk ˈkɔ:ps ˈkɔ: ˈhɔ:s ənd ˈwɜ:s/

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