Tuesday, May 08, 2007

What the fwck?

Remember the vowels you learned in school—"a, e, i, o, u?" Do you also remember the part that followed—"...and sometimes y and w?" ..."W!?" I've seen diphthongs mentioned as examples, such as "chew," but never as a straight-ahead vowel. I found an example—the strange little word, crwth. It has Welsh roots yet is in my (American) English dictionary and is pronounced like "tooth." It's a stringed musical instrument, and here is what it sounds like. By the way, that clip sounds sort of like music played backwards. "Turn me on, dead man," indeed.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Duh, what's that thing?

Why do folks label the obvious? Just in case aliens arrive, they won't have to ask what that thing is?

Found at medical office building in Austin, Texas.