A word like heard is for the birds...

February 18, 2009

From “The Language Instinct” by Steven Pinker

Beware of heard, a dreadful word That looks beard and sounds like bird, And dead: it’s said like bed, not bead– For goodness’ sake don’t call it “deed”! Watch out for meat and great and threat (They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).

Thanks to for lending me this tough-to-read but interesting book!