Thursday, January 19

Vowel Play

My favorite story of the day*: German "grumpiness" (a delicate euphamism, to be sure) blamed on the fact that frowning is required to pronounce German vowels. Fascinating stuff. Who knows if it's true, but it should be.

*The story is actually five years old, but I just came across it today. The BBC website really is a treasure trove of worthy articles. (Of course, it should be, given the £78 million ($137 million) of taxpayer money spent on it in 2004/5 alone-- see p. 14 of the BBC's annual report.)