The Linguistics of Pokémon

News of the release of Pokémon Go has been dominating social media and the mainstream media alike recently. Those born earlier than the 90s likely remember the phenomenon surrounding the Pokémon franchise in the late ’90s with the GameBoy games, TV show, trading card game that got loads of people obsessed with catching them all.…

How to pronounce ‘ghoti’ and why

You may be wondering about the picture above and what it has to do with linguistics, and above all what it has to do with the word ‘ghoti’. According to Bernard Shaw, a famous linguist, the rules of English orthography (spelling) are so bizarre that they can allow ‘ghoti’ to be pronounced in a n…