NPM 2010 – The Chaos

admin    April 16, 2010

The Chaos” is a poem written originally by Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité to show the irregularities and plain nuttiness of the English language.  The Chaos has expanded since Trenité’s death and now has 274 lines.

From the opening…

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

I will keep you, Susy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy;
                  Tear in eye, your dress you’ll tear;
Queer, fair seer, hear my prayer.

and the closing stanza…

Finally, which rhymes with enough,Though, through, bough, cough, hough, sough, tough??Hiccough has the sound of sup…My advice is: GIVE IT UP!