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English Pronunciation — a very cool poem

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité



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The OCS 2007 R2 Communicator hyperlink mystery

Problem: when you send a link from Communicator client to another, the link isn’t clickable, has a _ (underbar) in front of it, or both.  Results may be different on different computers. It’ll look like this


Solution:  Two things are happening here that are not related.  The first is the OCS Server (and Edge Server) have the URL Filter enabled, which are adding the _ underbar to all links.  Also called “Intelligent IM Filter”.  You need to tone that filter down or disable all together to your liking.  If users are coming in through an Edge Server, they will follow the Filter settings of the Edge Server they are using, which seams to supersede the Front End Server (my guess is the most restrictive wins).  So be sure to set it on both servers separately.  Results were instant in new IM’s.

The other issue is the lack of a clickable hyperlink.  If you disable the URL Filters above, the underbar goes away but links are still not blue and underlined.  To fix this you need to apply a GPO or set a local registry setting to allow Communicator to make hyperlinks clickable:

new DWORD EnableURL=1

After that exit and restart Communicator.

In both of these cases they are secure by default, which is great; but even years after this features release over several versions their use and configuration are still a mystery to most starting out.


Identify a web server

Here is a quick way to tell what software a web server is running


  1. Open a command prompt
  2. Enter: telnet [SERVER NAME/IP] 80
  3. Enter: HEAD / HTTP/1.0
  4. Enter: [blank line]
Result should look something like this
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: Sun-ONE-Web-Server/6.1
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 20:38:38 GMT
Content-type: text/html
Connection: close
HTTP/1.0 500 Internal Server Error
Server: Microsoft-IIS
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 20:41:41 GMT
Content-type: text/html



Passthrough NTLM Authentication for FireFox

In Firefox

  1. In the Address Bar, type: about:config and either press the ENTER key on the keyboard or click on the GO button

  2. On some machines you may get the warning message shown below.  If you follow our steps, you will NOT void your warranty

  3. When the new page appears with the configuration settings, In the Filter bar, search for NTLM and the result will show 3 entries. The one you need is NETWORK.AUTOMATIC-NTLM-AUTH.TRUSTED-URLS. Double-click the NETWORK.AUTOMATIC-NTLM-AUTH.TRUSTED-URLS entry to open the Enter string value window

  4. When the Enter the string value window opens, type the portal URLs that you wish to access automatically, separated by a comma. Note:  If you want to set it up for the entire domain, just enter

  5. When you are finished, click OK.
  6. You should now be able to nagigate to an NTLM protected website and access it without being prompt for credentials (as long as you current have access to it)



SharePoint, Host headers, and the Loopback Check in Windows Server

As a SharePoint developer, I find that I spend a lot of time using one of the Server Operating Systems (2003/2008).  Interestingly enough a registry tweak is needed before you can actully do any real testing (like using host headers). 

The solution for me and one of my colleagues turns out to be this old known issue

I would only recommend to disable the Loopback checking for developing environments.

Disable Loopback Checking

  1. open regedit
  2. Find HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetControlLsa
  3. Create a new DWORD value called DisableLoopbackCheck and give it a value of 1
  4. Restart the computer

Or view Powershell

New-ItemProperty HKLM:SystemCurrentControlSetControlLsa -Name "DisableLoopbackCheck" -Value "1" -PropertyType dword