Thursday 22 April 2010

Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that dare not speak its name

I was having lunch with my friend Judi yesterday at the Yorkeys Knob Boat Club, where I have to say, the food and service has improved dramatically over the last few months.

P&O's Pacific Dawn was berthed just off the coast and Quicksilver was ferrying passengers in, and piling them onto buses for a shopping day in Cairns.

Judi and I got talking about the spoken media, who have been tripped up, or simply avoiding speaking the name of the Iceland volcano - Eyjafjallajokull, pronounced 'Aye-ya fyah-dla jow-kudl'. Many have mucked it up, which is not surprising - only around 2,655 people speak Icelandic. Listen to Erla Skuladottir, who gives a quick lesson in fluent Icelandic on USA's ABC news.

You might want to check out these spectacular photos from the Boston Globe of Eyjafjallajokull, and here's a quick video that local Icelandic folk are giggling about.

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