I was taught to read according to the Phonics method, which is probably superior to the look-and-speak method used nowadays. Phonics is not perfect however, English spelling being based not so much on hard and fast rules as much as tradition. Learning Phonics and growing up in New England made spelling hard, since around here “A” and “O” are pretty much indistinguishable, “R”s only appearing precisely where they should not.
Can you translate the following Massachusetts town names into standard English? (Answers below.)
1. Fall River 2. Worcester 3. Peabody 4. Groton 5. Billerica