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Interesting Fact # 1

Fellow Logophiles and Wordsmiths are well acquainted with the often bizarre oddities of the English Language but  DID YOU KNOW  that the combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways? The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed." If words are one of our main tools of the trade, it might be easier to learn to write in Finnish. But in the words of Hemingway, Love the Word and defend it against its enemies!