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why is it so difficult to spell diarrhoea?

(10 Posts)
mustthinkofabetterusername Wed 23-Dec-15 23:27:00

Seriously. Why?
The joke in the NHS is that there are 10 ways to spell it?

Any linguists out there who can explain why almost no-one can learn and remember to spell this word correctly?

Redlocks28 Wed 23-Dec-15 23:29:38

Dash in a real rush, hurry or else accident.

I never forget ;)

Meow75 Wed 23-Dec-15 23:31:08

I have a fabulous mnemonic from reading a Gervase Phinn memoir many years ago.

Dash
In
A
Real
Rush,
Hurry
Or
Exploding
Arse

Written by a Primary School child.

Meow75 Wed 23-Dec-15 23:31:44

Oh, Redlocks!!!!!

IguanaTail Wed 23-Dec-15 23:32:04

Etymology is:

diarrhea" (coined by Hippocrates), literally "a flowing through,"

Ughhh

DropYourSword Wed 23-Dec-15 23:37:12

Dogs
In
A
Red
Room
Have
Only
Eaten
Apples

Doesn't have to make sense to be remembered! But it IS a very difficult word to just remember how to spell. Probably unusual letter combinations we just aren't used to.

AuntieStella Wed 23-Dec-15 23:39:03

I can't spell it, and need a near miss with a predictive keyboard sorts it out for me.

I think of it as dire rear...

Pipbin Sat 02-Jan-16 09:33:34

Doesn't it always run rather horribly over each ankle.

KinkyAfro Sat 23-Jan-16 09:18:06

Doing it alone really rattles his old elephant's arse. From an English teacher years ago

MummySparkle Sat 23-Jan-16 09:20:41

Dash in a rush, run home or else accident!

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