Here’s a little video that has been making the rounds today and which I think is brilliant. I must say I’m quite impressed by some of the foreign pronunciations of Aye-ya fyah-dla jow-kudl [aka Eyjafjallajökull].
If anyone is interested, Eyjafjallajökull literally means “the glacier of the island mountains”. Eyja [island] fjalla [mountains’] jökull [glacier].
Meanwhile, some people just have no scruples. There were two comments posted earlier with the following message:
I was asked to post it request for help.
– Hello. We are a small child stuck in the airport because of the volcanic eruption. No money for a hotel. When open flights is unknown.
I shall refrain from posting the link to the site because I don’t want to give these clowns the satisfaction of getting traffic, but suffice it to say that they have a picture up of some airport waiting line [NOT an airport in Iceland, I hasten to say] plus a DONATE button. Now just in case anyone is tempted to take pity on these “small child stuck in an airport,” please consider that the airlines are obliged to provide passengers with accommodation and even meals [although I’m not totally clear on the rules for meals — but definitely a hotel] — so this exercise is clearly a scam.
Come to think of it, maybe I should email them [email@example.com — no, I am not making this up] and tell them I’m heading over with some warm blankets and a thermos of coffee. If they could kindly meet me in the arrivals hall.
ADDENDUM – Peterrrr just left this link in the comments and it’s hilarious — the journalist goes out in Times Square and tries to get people to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull. Too funny!!