Phonetically correct sports

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Mar 15 12:57:47 UTC 2007

What does "correct phonetically spelled" MEAN?? My pronunciation of "golf" has no [l]. Does that make the word incorrect phonetically spelled?  Correct unphonetically spelled? Correct phonetically misspelled?


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 09:27:09 -0000
>From: Michael Quinion <wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG>
>Subject: Phonetically correct sports

>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'".
>Michael Quinion
>Editor, World Wide Words
>E-mail: wordseditor at

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