Phonetically correct sports

Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Thu Mar 15 09:27:09 UTC 2007

A subscriber e-mailed me as follows: "I was recently with some friends at
a trivia evening. One question was 'What is the only correct phonetically
spelled sport?' It turned out to be 'Golf'". Your follow-up question:
explain what's wrong phonetically with "rugby" and "cricket".

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
E-mail: wordseditor at

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