To All Bad Spellers
He was never good at spelling,
its effect on others was telling.
And not for a deficiency
of brains, much less memory,
rather as a consequence
of not knowing which consonants
to link to proper vowels, which
would have made spelling a cinch
and provided an appreciation
for proper pronounciation.
Yes and no. For english is
for its inconsistent phonics
resulting in odd sonics.
(Frustrated foreign students
trying to learn the rudiments
of our english phonic system
know first-hand the problem.)
Take these words as samples:
Pint/hint, show/how, tow/cow,
all/awl, ink/zinc, metal/mettle,
able/Abel, herbs/birds, too/two,
These words are but a few
that drive english spellers to
complain there ought to be
a change in our orthography,
whereby the vowel and consonant
“ER”, “UR”, or “OR” is consistent
with the “IR” sound in a word
as common an easy as “bIRd.”
Thus “herd” becomes “hird”, “herb”
becomes “hirb”, “disturb” “distirb.”
Or, take the contradiction
in the double combination
of the unequal sound of “OW”
as in the word “know-how”?
Which sound should prevail? If“kno”,
then “know-how” becomes “kno-ho”
whose meaning, as a consequence,
is devoid of any sense.
As for near rhymes of assanonace,
these require extra diligence
to acquire sight rhyme legitimacy,
though diehard poets are a majority
who prefer rhymes that match perfectly.
Even the bard of Avon
struggled with the phenomenon
and frustrating anomaly
of proper spelling accuracy,
though his many spelling variants
were later changed by pedants
to prevent his reputation
from any stain of imputation
that despite his genius
he was no spelling ignoramus.
Copyright © Maurice Rigoler | Year Posted 2020
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