Volcano Speak

Our always helpful Burlington Free Press editor, Adam Silverman posted a Facebook message telling us how to pronounce that volcano in Iceland.

It’s in the photo in this post, spewish ash and lighting, as if angry at us for repeatedly mispronouncing its name. Photo is from Marco, Fulle; Stromboli Online.

For the record, Adam says it’s pronounced “EY-ya-fyat-la-YO-kut.

Which sounds like something I would say when I drop a heavy weight on my foot at the gym.

Adam’s post inspired some wiseguys to offer their own interpretations. Somebody said the volcano pronunciation is “I have low fat yogurt”  Somebody else said it was a new Jewish holiday called “Eyat Yathah Yokut”

I went for simple. My vote on what to call the volcano was “That Volcano in Iceland.”

Nobody gets it, trust me. People in the news media either avoid saying the name of the volcano, or they slur over it, as if they’ve had too many martinis before the 11 o’clock newscast.  The New York Times couldn’t appear to find anybody able to say what that thing is that’s erupting in Iceland.

Maybe we can impose good old American imperialism on Iceland and make them change the name. I heard somebody say we should just call the volcano “Bob.”

This disaster will eventually fade from the headlines, and we can all breathe easier because nobody will have to inhale volcanic dust while trying to pronounce the name of  That Volcano In Iceland.

Then we’ll move on to other news, like a poltical meeting in the North Wales community of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

It’s a real place, look it up.

One Response to “Volcano Speak”

  1. Jay Vos Says:

    Haha. I heard a tv announcer attempt to pronounce the name and it sounded like she had a mouthful of mashed potatoes!

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