That is Naught

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O, why shall we say for catched, caught,
As grammarians some say we ought?
Let us see
How things be
When this kind of teaching is taught:

The egg isn’t hatched, it is haught;
My breeches aren’t patched, they are paught;
John and James are not matched, they are maught;
My door isn’t latched, it is laught;
The pie wasn’t snatched, it was snaught;
The cat never scratched, but she scraught;
The roof wasn’t thatched, it was thaught.

If English must this way be wraught,
It soon will be natched — that is, naught.

The Sydney Mail (Sidney, Australia) Jul 8, 1882

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