Eyjafjallajökull is problematic

A thick plume of ash billowing from the world's most unpronounceable volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, has grounded flights and stirred concerns over potential health risks throughout Europe. Such inconveniences pale in comparison to the apparent linguistic ineptitude revealed in the face of an equally impressive spew of vowels and consonants. Language Log sets the record straight with sound clips and a barrage of IPA clarifications in the comments. Read/listen here.

And for those of you who are not living under a hazy cloud of volcanic ash, these pictures were taken from my flat in Kent.

Photo credit: These photos were taken by Paul Moore. View these images and more on his Flickr Photostream.


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