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Ough

Ough may refer to:

  • Ough (orthography), a letter sequence in English orthography
  • Ough (surname)
  • Ough, Nebraska, a community in the United States

Ough (orthography)

Ough is a letter sequence often seen in words in the English language. In Middle English, where the spelling arose, it was probably pronounced with a back rounded vowel and a velar fricative, e.g., or . It is by far the sequence of letters with the most unpredictable pronunciation, having at least six pronunciations in North American English and over ten in British English. A few of the more common are these:

as in "though" (cf. toe).

as in "through" (cf. true).

as in "rough" (cf. ruffian).

as in "cough" (cf. coffin).

as in "thought" (cf. taut).

as in "bough" (cf. to bow).

Ough (surname)

Ough is a surname, and may refer to:

  • Bruce R. Ough (born 1951), Bishop of the United Methodist Church
  • Wayne Ough (born 1978), Australian baseballer
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ough

interj. The sound of a grunt or groan or cough

Usage examples of "ough".

You oughta seen the street cars blocked, too--Broadway, Fourteenth, San Pablo, as far as you could see.

I turned the pump on and filled up the water heater, so you oughta be okay that way.

They oughta put you in a cell with some nine-hundred-pound no-neck biker and let him put it to you all night every night for the rest of your life.

Nobody should oughta be let to use that damn slopehead karatty shit, anyway.

Maybe what you oughta do is go back to the Hangout and put your head on a table and just drift off.

She oughta be grateful that we brought her this far instead of leaving her standing where we found her.

Nobody should oughta be let to use that damn slope-head karatty shit, anyway.

I oughta just throw over the whole sitcom package, ditch the world of Recycled Hijinks Ensue and go back to New York, back to doing standup, back to being my own corpse.

Maybe I oughta just throw over the whole sitcom package, ditch the world of Recycled Hijinks Ensue and go back to New York, back to doing standup, back to being my own corpse.

When we get back, maybe we oughta take some of the Creek braves off the fort construction and send them out to get us a few prisoners, huh?

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He oughta be at friggin' Harvard, teach those nancy-boys a thing or two.

It oughta take about ten minutes for him to find out that we had sold some sunstones to get the money.

I said no, she oughta settle down and get married, account of she's the type that in a coupla years she'll start getting fat and she can't go on keeping her hair bleached forever.

When Ella Mae came into the kitchen to heat the baby bottle she said, 'You oughta be clean enough even for Alice now--two baths in one day.