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I have been wondering recently if there are any Pronunciation "Easter Eggs" in the English language (not unlike how "Ghoti" is pronounced like "Fish"). Are there any others? Please provide phonetic proof if you claim so.

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    Ghoti was created to show the peculiarities of the English language... it didn't exist as a word on its own. – Catija Jun 16 '15 at 18:13
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    Ghoti isn't a real word. It's just a written form of the word fish that is used to show the oddities of English pronunciation. (where gh is /f/ via words like cough, o is /ɪ/ via women, and ti is /ʃ/ via words like those that end in -tion) – guifa Jun 16 '15 at 18:13
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    @WS2: The people who programmed the English language obviously left some surprises in their code for us to find. – Robusto Jun 16 '15 at 19:08
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    "ghoti", as mentioned earlier, doesn't exist as a real word, and it would be more likely to be pronounced "goaty," not "fish," if it did. – sumelic Jun 16 '15 at 19:19
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because there are potentially more fictitious "joke pronunciation words" (as ghoti) than there are "real" words in the English language - which must make this one of the most extreme "list type" questions ever posted here. – FumbleFingers Jun 16 '15 at 19:22
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Ghoti would not be considered an "Easter egg" word. It was made up to make a point about English pronunciation.

Regarding specifically "Easter eggs" within the language itself, none are widely documented, if they do exist. I've never heard/read of one, before.

When looking for them, take into consideration the risk of confirmation bias in regards to apophenia.

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    I've closevoted against the question itself, so I wouldn't normally upvote an answer. But new-to-me apophenia is just too good a word to pass by! :) – FumbleFingers Jun 16 '15 at 19:27
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