Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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That’s not how it’s spelled!

A mockery of English spelling and pronunciation
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A variant of Scrabble where a word can only be played if it does NOT appear in the dictionary, but the letters may be pronounced as a word that does. For example: ENJIN would be allowed, but ENGINE would not.
kdf, Dec 25 2020

Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks https://en.wikipedi...iki/Feersum_Endjinn
A tough read if you aren't into phonetic spelling! [DrBob, Dec 25 2020]

Ghoti https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghoti
[hippo, Dec 26 2020]

Colt .45 Single Action Army revolver https://www.sportsm...57690-DEFAULT-l.jpg
[Voice, Dec 27 2020]

The Colt I had when I was 8. (without the red cap in front) https://en.wikipedi...ia/File:Cap_gun.jpg
Lost it on the Hermon mountain in 1973 visiting just after the war [pashute, Dec 28 2020]

Found the real one https://www.icollec...n-Revolver_i9388161
[pashute, Dec 28 2020]

Colt Police Positive ... https://en.wikipedi...olt_Police_Positive
Of the sort Sulu found in "Shore Leave" [kdf, Dec 28 2020]

How to make your own IPA Scrabble set ... https://allthingsli...wn-ipa-scrabble-set
Includes link to frequency and scoring chart [kdf, Dec 29 2020]

Pronounce "Pacific ocean" https://s01.geekpic.net/di-33BI73.jpeg
[Voice, Dec 30 2020]


       Haf a bun! [+]
whatrock, Dec 25 2020

       But wot of ye archaik fpellingf ?
8th of 7, Dec 25 2020

       Phun wyth foniks.   

       Skrabble [-]
pocmloc, Dec 25 2020

       What about words that aren't really words but are pronounceable like pudium or iceprist or zeeloget?
tatterdemalion, Dec 25 2020

       We think it means that it has to be an analog of a real word with a defined meaning, but in phonetic or misspelled form.   

       Thus, "bybel" would be valid as an analog of "bible", but "bebyl" wouldn't (in English, anyway) because there's no real word that's a homophon.
8th of 7, Dec 25 2020

       This seems a fun learning tool especially if this variation is included in a real game but points are weighted for the correct spelling. [+]
wjt, Dec 25 2020

       ... like "Aluminium", perhaps ?
8th of 7, Dec 25 2020

       Aluminium and Aluminum are both valid perNorth American AND International Scrabble dictionaries - so neither would be allowed in “That’s Not How It’s Spelled.”
kdf, Dec 26 2020

       luv yt
Voice, Dec 26 2020

       // North American as well as International //   

       Oh, well, if you're going to include the opinions of mere foreigners, you're clearly not taking the thing seriously and it just becomes silly.
8th of 7, Dec 26 2020

       Preach it, brother! When the allowed word lists include things like QI and ZA, it changed the game. That’s not OK.
kdf, Dec 26 2020

       So would “ghoti” be allowed as a misspelling of “fish”? (see link)
hippo, Dec 26 2020

       Yes, GHOTI is a classic example. I wasn’t thinking of it when I wrote this idea though, so I guess I should give myself a bone for not acknowledging prior art.
kdf, Dec 26 2020

       You take that bone back! This is a fine idea and obscure prior art is not bone-worthy.
Voice, Dec 26 2020

       How do you stop people cheating?   

       I would play ffgn and claim it is pronounced "nice".
pocmloc, Dec 26 2020

       <Wonders what "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" might be worth on a Triple Word Score/>
8th of 7, Dec 26 2020

       Given that a Scrabble board is only 15 x 15, it's worth zero.
neutrinos_shadow, Dec 26 2020

       Yes, but the Great Old Ones are not constrained by normal human dimensions ...
8th of 7, Dec 26 2020

       On ffgn I’d ask how you derived your nice pronunciation. Fign would probably be fine though.   

       On the Cthuvian chant, I’d challenge it off the board — unless we had agreed beforehand to play in R'lyehian rather than English. And THEN we’d need a R'lyehian dictionary to confirm the misspelling.
kdf, Dec 26 2020

       ff is pronounced "ni", gn is pronounced "ce"
pocmloc, Dec 27 2020

       Pocmloc, can you give examples of other English words where FF and GN represent those phonemes?
kdf, Dec 27 2020

       No, I don't have to.
pocmloc, Dec 27 2020

       “I don’t have to”
“Oh, yes you do!”
“Oh, no I don’t!”

       I knew I shouldn't have introduced a game idea during pantomime season ...
kdf, Dec 27 2020

       Who is setting the rules of this stupid game anyway, you or me?
pocmloc, Dec 27 2020

       Good question. Let me check the original posting...

kdf, Dec 27 2020

       Right so as I suspected you invent a game and then you claim that gives you the right to invent new rules as we go along... in your favour.
pocmloc, Dec 27 2020

       It's Calvinball!
Voice, Dec 27 2020

       <Discreetly places two loaded Colt .45 Single Action Army revolvers in Western style gunbelts on table between [poc] and [kdf]/>   

       <Steps quickly behind suitable cover/>   

       You're not going to let him get away with that, are you ?   

       Here, have some more whisky ...
8th of 7, Dec 27 2020

       Earth 19th century projectile weapons, 8th? Who do you think I am, Sulu?   

       “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.“
kdf, Dec 27 2020

       // Who do you think I am, Sulu? //   

       No, he's the token oriental, just like Checkov is the token Russian ...   

       We always look on you as the token stupid person.
8th of 7, Dec 27 2020

       Can I be the token Klingon?
Voice, Dec 27 2020

       For a fee, yes ... it depends how much you think the role is Worf ...
8th of 7, Dec 27 2020

       You're going to be latinum stir up a whole new mess if you keep that up.
Voice, Dec 28 2020

       Zets knott ow eats spuld.   

       Dats nisht ouf eet spelte.   

       Dyets nyet khow yit spyelt.   

       Dannah howiz spull.
pashute, Dec 28 2020

       Come on, it's got to be reesonabull. Unless you're are going to play that esoteric phonetics symbolic subset subset.
wjt, Dec 28 2020

       Nope, standard English tile set. Standard number of each tile will limit some of the sillier spellings.   

       Scrabble tile letter distribution is as follows:   

       A-9, B-2, C-2, D-4, E-12, F-2, G-3, H-2, I-9, J-1, K- 1, L-4, M-2, N-6, O-8, P-2, Q-1, R-6, S-4, T-6, U-4, V-2, W-2, X-1, Y-2, Z-1 and Blanks-2.
kdf, Dec 28 2020

       I wasn't promoting tile change, that would be a new game. The nice example seemed more of a learned technical subset to me.   

       Although, a new scrabble with tiles that are just written phonetic sounds possibly could be done.
wjt, Dec 28 2020

       “...scrabble with tiles that are just written phonetic sounds”
—wjt, Dec 28, 2020

       That’s such a seriously good idea that I’d be surprised if it doesn’t already exist. Something I could look for, thanks!
—kdf, Dec 29 2020

       Edit to add - yep, baked (link). Still great that you came up with it on your own.
kdf, Dec 29 2020


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