Magazine article Word Ways

Playing with Ough

Magazine article Word Ways

Playing with Ough

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Pronunciation-wise the most eclectic of all letter groups, OUGH has periodically received due attention in Word Ways. My reference for PLAYING WITH OUGH is THROUGH TOUGH THOROUGH THOUGHT by Christopher McManus (WW May 1993 page 87) in which he lists 28 pronunciations of OUGH.

Below, the OUGH pronunciation in the first word is substituted for the OUGH pronunciation in the second word to make the third word.

 SLOUGH* is in Berkshire, U.K.
 DOUGH
 turns BOUGH into BOW
 (and arrow) ALTHOUGH
 turns ROUGH into ROW
 (boat)
BROUGH
AM turns TOUGH into TWO
THROUGH
 turns TROUGH into TRUE
SLOUGH
* turns ROUGH into ROW
DROUGHT
 turns COUGH into COW
THOUGH
T turns ROUGH into RAW
FOUGHT
 turns DOUGH into DOOR
TROUGH
 turns DOUGH into DOFF
COUGH
 turns TOUGH into TOFF
DOUGH
 turns TOUGH into TOE
ALTHOUGH
 turns SOUGH into SEW
DOUGH
 turns SLOUGH* into SLOW
FURLOUGH
 turns TOUGH into TOE
CHOUGH
 turns BOUGH into BUFF
ENOUGH
 turns COUGH into CUFF
THROUGH
 turns BOUGHT into BOO
T BROUGH
AM turns SOUGHT into SUI
T
THOUGH
 turns BOUGHT into BOA
T DOUGH
 turns OUGHT into OA
T 

SUSAN THORPE

Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England

thorpeds@hotmail. …

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