The fact that English is not phonetic is apparent when one tries to pronounce the name of the winning horse in Figure 16.1. It is initially difficult for some people. In written language, we leave spaces between words. Because English is not phonetic, the presence of one letter may alter the pronunciation of another. When the horse's name is seen as five words rather than one, it becomes "A pat on the back." This headline appeared in the sports section of The New York Times on July 31, 1960. People who are interested in horse racing may not have difficulty in reading the word when they see it for the first time. Writing the names of race horses in this fashion is quite common. A sample of the racing results from three tracks in the New York City area on a single day included the following: Notimeforblues, Honoramongtheives, and Twopairintheair.