Monday, April 19, 2010

Eyjafjallajoekull - The Name That Dare Not Be Spoken

Once upon a time I had an Icelandic classmate in a graduate international law program.  I can't remember his name exactly, but it was something like Sven Thorsen (or Thor Svenson).  Back in those days most Icelanders took their father's first name as their last name.  Understandably,  the Icelandic phone book was a nightmare to figure out.  Anyway, this classmate of mine spoke perfect English, as do most Icelanders, most likely because, in spite of the relative simplicity of their family names, Icelanders have one of the most complicated languages ever imagined.  Case in point...Eyjafjallajoekull, the monster volcano.  I have yet to hear any newscaster gin up the courage to say  its proper name during their broadcast.  Isn't this why they get paid the big bucks?  Instead, it has become the "volcano in Iceland" or the "Icelandic volcano that is spewing ash." 

If the name of any natural phenomena deserved respect it is Eyjafjallajoekull.  Have you seen these pictures?


(pictures from boston.com)

As Rich Lowry said over at National Review Online, "Dude, if I was a Viking living in Iceland a thousand years ago, and I saw some of this stuff, I would be pretty sure that Thor was angry at Loki again, or maybe he was mad at Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr. But I would be pretty sure there was an angry god of some kind in that volcano."

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