"Oats: A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland appears to support the people."
Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, (1755).
More amazing work by Sudanese calligrapher Hassan Musa. 1994.

More amazing work by Sudanese calligrapher Hassan Musa. 1994.

A color lithograph entitled The Modern Civilization of Europe — France in Morocco & England in Egypt depicts a British soldier and a French soldier toasting France’s protectorate status over Morocco, begun in 1912, and England’s protectorate status over Egypt, begun in 1914 (ca. 1914). CORBIS.

A color lithograph entitled The Modern Civilization of Europe — France in Morocco & England in Egypt depicts a British soldier and a French soldier toasting France’s protectorate status over Morocco, begun in 1912, and England’s protectorate status over Egypt, begun in 1914 (ca. 1914). CORBIS.

English Pronunciation →

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.

After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)

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liquidnight:

Thurston Hopkins
In the slums
Liverpool, 1955
From Thurston Hopkins

liquidnight:

Thurston Hopkins

In the slums

Liverpool, 1955

From Thurston Hopkins