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As some of you likely know, ghoti is an interesting spelling of the word fish.

Using:

the "gh" from "tough"
the "o" from "women",
and the "ti" from "nation"

This is a rather ghotiy way to spell the word. But in the same spirit, what common phrase is spelled below?

ugh theighmolo

Please mention each sound and what word it is taken from (there may be more than one word that fits!)

Hint:

The "u" and "gh" in "ugh" are taken from separate sources.

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    $\begingroup$ This page may come in handy: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… $\endgroup$ – Miles May 10 '16 at 2:40
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    $\begingroup$ Given the three answers, the question could be what phrase does it not spell? $\endgroup$ – Pål GD May 10 '16 at 16:23
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    $\begingroup$ @PålGD Strangely enough, I can't get it to spell "ugh theighmolo"... $\endgroup$ – paste May 11 '16 at 0:38
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I think it's

egg timer

Explanation:

<u> denotes /ɛ/ in bury (at least in some dialects). (Hat-tip to Miles' Wikipedia-link for this one.)
<gh> denotes /g/ in ghost.

<th> denotes /t/ in thyme.
<eigh> denotes /aɪ/ in height.
<m> denotes /m/ in timer.
<olo> denotes /ɝ/ in colonel. (Technically egg timer ends in /ɚ/ rather than /ɝ/, but I think it's close enough.)

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It's pronounced

Using these "sounds":

U: as in *guard*.
G: as in *reign*.
H: as in *hour*.

T: as in *ballet*.
H: see above.
E: as in *active*.
I: as in *friend*.
G: see above.
H: see above.
M: as in beginning of *mnemonic*.
O: as in *leopard*.
L: as in *salmon*.
O: see above.

(Examples mostly taken from here.)

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    $\begingroup$ Ok +1 because this is hilarious. But that wasn't what I was looking for. $\endgroup$ – Devsman May 9 '16 at 20:40
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    $\begingroup$ ...I kept clicking the spoiler even after reading the explanatory text. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi May 9 '16 at 22:19
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    $\begingroup$ I kept trying after reading your comment, @Deusovi, because I thought my phone was rendering something wrong. facepalm $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha May 10 '16 at 0:26
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    $\begingroup$ I think you'll find that the second occurrence of gh is gh as in daughter. $\endgroup$ – Jonathan Allan May 10 '16 at 1:41
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not English so I didn't know this common phrase :-( $\endgroup$ – Pierre Arlaud May 11 '16 at 13:28
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It is pronounced

OFF TIMER

Using:

the "ugh" from cough
the "th" from Thaïs
the "ei" from height
the "gh" from slough
the "m" from magic
the "olo" from "colonel"

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    $\begingroup$ You could also combine the "ei" and "gh" sections. $\endgroup$ – f'' May 9 '16 at 22:09
  • $\begingroup$ @f'' This is true. :) Hmmm... maybe it's true. The "gh" might be creating the glottal stop in height. $\endgroup$ – Lexible May 9 '16 at 22:10
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    $\begingroup$ "cough" is pronounced "coff", so that makes "ugh" = "ff". $\endgroup$ – Peregrine Rook May 10 '16 at 6:08
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    $\begingroup$ ugh is sometimes pronounced "you". Can't think of any examples. ;-) $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers May 10 '16 at 10:53
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    $\begingroup$ @ToddWilcox . . . o 0 O (am trying to think of a famous manifold projection named "Thaïs" ;). $\endgroup$ – Lexible May 10 '16 at 17:56
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Maybe

a typo? (This phrase may not be so common, but at least is related to spelling)

Using

"u" as in "support"
"gh" as in "weight" (silent)
"th" as in "Thames"
"ei" as in "height"
"gh" as in "hiccough" (pronounced like "hiccup", now obsolete)
"m" as in "mnemonics" (silent)
"o" as in "go"
"l" as in "chalk" (silent)
"o" as in "leopard" (silent)

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure that I agree on your assessment of some of those "silent" letters. "chalk" vs "chak" have different pronunciations; the 'l' changes the pronunciation, making it not silent. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald May 10 '16 at 16:08
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    $\begingroup$ "tap" vs. "tape" the 'e' changes the pronunciation, but wouldn't you still call it a silent 'e'? At least that's what I was taught in grade school. $\endgroup$ – Alexis Andersen May 10 '16 at 18:49
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    $\begingroup$ @Dane Andersen I do agree with you. Silent letter is a letter which isn't pronounced, in my humble opinion $\endgroup$ – trolley813 May 10 '16 at 18:52
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    $\begingroup$ ... I distinctly pronounce the 'l' in 'chalk'. Am I just weird? $\endgroup$ – Walt May 11 '16 at 18:57
  • $\begingroup$ @Amadeus9 I'm kinda confused who doesn't. "Chock?" $\endgroup$ – Devsman May 16 '16 at 12:57

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