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English has a "intricate" relationship between graphemes and phonemes,i.e. there is no sure way of knowing how to pronounce something by just looking at its written form.
Generally any language has this property, but English is much more complicated in comparison to - say - Italian (which happens to be my native language).
This fact is known, and I remember stumbling upon a very nice sentence by an English Author, who leverage on this fact and wrote a sentence whose words did not make any sense together, but if you read them, then the "sounds" formed a perfectly meaningful phrase.
I seem to remember something concerning "god" and a "fish"?
Not sure though.
Anybody remember that?