Earliest Evidence for "Ghoti"

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Sun Feb 1 16:55:01 UTC 2004

On Sun, Feb 01, 2004 at 11:08:30AM -0500, Fred Shapiro wrote:
> "Ghoti" as a spelling of "fish" is usually attributed to G. B. Shaw.
> However, the earliest examples I have seen do not mention Shaw's name, and
> biographies of Shaw do not give any hard evidence of his having used this.
> The earliest record of the "ghoti" spelling is in Finnegan's Wake (1941),

ITYM "Finnegans".

Jesse Sheidlower

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