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Why does eight rhyme with great

And plate rhyme with straight?

    Yet all of them have different spellings.

Then greed rhymes with plead

And succeed rhymes with swede

     “Oh no!” Is this what you’re yelling?


Then there’s why and there’s guy!

And then try rhymes with sigh -

    Different spellings but similar sounds.

Then you’ve sew and you’ve no,

But then know and although;

     Our spelling’s designed to confound.


Look at glue, then at new.

Then there’s through, also shoe.

     Well, they all sound the same when we speak.

So did those who were able,

Then sit down at a table,

    And plan SPELLINGS for Literacy Week?

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