If you ask children to spell ‘potato’ then don’t be too hard on them if they get a little muddled because…
If GH stands for P as in Hiccough
If OUGH stands for O as in Dough
If PHTH stands for T as in Pthisis
If EIGH stands for A as in Neighbour
If TTE stands for T as in Gazette
If EAU stands for O as in Plateau
Then the right way to spell POTATO should be….
Of course, many children aren’t likely to spell potato this way but they might just add an ‘e’ on the end. They wouldn’t be alone either as the cringe worthy moment below shows adults can get muddled too.
In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle was visiting Rivera Elementary School in Trenton, New Jersey, and jumped in to help facilitate a spelling bee. It all went very wrong.
When will politicians learn that they must never do spellings or times tables in public!
By the way, what do you call a potato with right angles?
Yes, you guessed it…a square root.
Here’s one more….
A potato and a sweet potato were playing on the playground. The sweet potato told the potato,”Hey, I just found out I’m related to you.”
The potato said,” No you’re are not!” The sweet potato said back,”Yes, I yam.”
I’m here until Thursday.