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Eyjafjallajökull [Apr. 15th, 2010|05:16 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Someone on Twitter said "try getting that name into a poem". Hmph. So here's a Clerihew.

    Has been vocal
    Producing a cloud
    So flights aren't allowed.

I'm sure people can do better in the comments.

[User Picture]From: del_c
2010-04-15 05:32 pm (UTC)
That should be spelled "vökull".
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2010-04-15 05:34 pm (UTC)
I look forward to the first limerick.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-04-15 06:08 pm (UTC)
Okay, I could probably do better if my Icelandic pronunciation was more fluent...

Eyjafjallajökull's striking:
An ash-clound that nobody's liking,
And in Fimmvörðuháls
The eruption still prowls
So we've cancelled both flying and hiking.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2010-04-15 06:15 pm (UTC)
I never realised you were part Vogon, Doug.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-04-15 06:16 pm (UTC)
I knew there was a reason I had this userpic.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2010-04-15 06:36 pm (UTC)
heh heh heh.
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[User Picture]From: lproven
2010-04-15 06:42 pm (UTC)
I sit in awe.

Still, on the topic of pronunciation, Wikipedia's audio clip of an Icelander saying "Eyjafjallajökull" is... well, it's a remarkable noise. Rhyme anything English with it, they'll crown you Poet Laureate or something. It sort of starts "Eyja-" and then I need a fish in my ear.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-04-15 06:51 pm (UTC)
It's the way they can pronounce the double L at the end of a word, something I can only really do in the middle. It should be a bit like -tl (like certain Mexican place names) but I find it hard to do without a following vowel.

*click* *click* Sounds like he's swallowed the final few syllables.
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[User Picture]From: alextiefling
2010-04-15 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'm quite used to the double (geminated?) consonants in Scandinavian languages, and I can imagine how it might be possible at the end of a word. The recording does sound like he's eating lutefisk instead of actually saying the word for 'glacier', though.
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[User Picture]From: alextiefling
2010-04-15 10:48 pm (UTC)

Apologies in advance.

Downriver of Eyjafjallajökull
The people are all getting vökull.
The mountain's on fire;
The waters are higher;
To reporters they say "Are you lökull?"
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2010-04-15 11:17 pm (UTC)
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-04-21 10:12 pm (UTC)

Eyjafjallajokull Limerick

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