For example, why aren't "t"s pronounced like "d"s spelled as "d"s? Why isn't spot spelled sbot? What about "ph"s and "gh"s? I'd like to form a comprehensive list--so there should be one answer that gets edited.

  • For one, utter and udder are different words—and they are also pronounced differently … Jun 27, 2020 at 20:53
  • So, would you promote different spellings for different accents? How about spelling that changes over time to follow the latest pronunciation?
    – GEdgar
    Jun 27, 2020 at 21:03
  • Accent-related spelling has been tried, and it solves nothing. Related is Eye dialect. Jun 27, 2020 at 21:09
  • This question might be useful for an answer mentioning the Great Vowel Shift, I suppose. But I'm not convinced your examples are not good ones.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jun 27, 2020 at 21:26
  • "For example, why aren't "t"s pronounced like "d"s spelled as "d"s?" Have you any examples?
    – Greybeard
    Jun 27, 2020 at 21:36


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