Gerard Nolst Trenité

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Gerard Nolst Trenité (20 July 1870, Utrecht - 9 October 1946, Haarlem), was a Dutch observer of English.

Nolst Trenité published under the pseudonym Charivarius (which he pronounced irregularly as [ʃariˈvariəs][1]). While the pronunciation of his own surname is not obvious[according to whom?] (possibly the original French [tʁəniˈte]), he is best known in the English-speaking world for his poem The Chaos which demonstrates many of the idiosyncrasies of English spelling and first appeared as an appendix to his 1920 textbook Drop Your Foreign Accent: engelsche uitspraakoefeningen.[2] The subtitle of the book means "English pronunciation exercises" (this title has the pre-1947 Dutch spelling “engelsche” instead of the currently-accepted usage “Engelse” ).[2]


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  2. ^ a b Upward, Chris (2004). "The Classic Concordance of Cacographic Chaos". The Spelling Society. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 

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