Why is break not rhymed with freak?
Will you tell me why it’s true
We say sew but likewise few?
And the maker of the verse,
Cannot rhyme his horse with worse….
Reminds me of the Pensacola Christian College-published phonics charts I memorized in kindergarten and first grade.
Sometimes, in waking nightmares, I still find myself repeating the words from one of them in order: “oo” as in book, “oo” as in tooth, “oa” as in boat, “ay” as in pray….