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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

Eye halve a spelling chequer

I have recently been looking at the peculiarities of English spelling, which prompted me to dig out a poem I came across a number of years ago. I believe the poem below is the original version, although various modified versions of the poem also exist.

The British Council website has a good activity for the poem, along with an audio version for listening.

The exact origins of the poem is not entirely clear, as it is signed as ‘sauce unknown‘. However, an Internet search appears to attribute it to Martha Snow.

Eye halve a spelling chequer

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a quay and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
It’s rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
It’s letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

Sauce unknown

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spicytoothadmin • January 30, 2017

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