READING, reading, heathen, heather. This phonetic labyrinth
Gives moss, gross, brook, brooch, ninth and plinth.
Billet does not sound like ballet, Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet, Blood and flood are not like food, Nor is mould like should and would.
Banquet gives no clue to parquet, Which is said to rhyme with darky. Viscous, Viscount, load and broad, Toward, to forward, to reward. Your pronunciation’s okay,
When you say correctly: croquet.
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve, Friend and fiend, alive and live, Liberty, library, heave and heaven, Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed but allowed,
People, leopard, towed but vowed. Mark the difference, moreover, ’Twixt mover, plover and then Dover. Leeches, breeches, wise, precise, Chalice, but police and lice.
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, lapel, label.
Petal, penal and canal,
Wait, surmise, plait, promise, pal. Suit, suite, ruin, circuit, conduit, Rhyme with ‘shirk it’ and ‘beyond it’. But it’s very hard to tell,
Why it’s pall, mall, but Pall Mall. Muscle, muscular, gaol, iron, Timber, climber, bullion, lion.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair, Senator, spectator, mayor.
Ivy, privy, famous, clamour,
And enamour rhyme with hammer. Pussy, hussy and possess,
Desert, dessert and address.
Golf, wolf, countenance, lieutenants, Hoist, in lieu of flags, left pennants. River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,