Musician releases song to aid pronunciation of Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajokull

Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 12:38pm IST | Place: London | Agency: ANI
Eyjafjallajokull - pronounced roughly ay-uh-fyat-luh-yoe-kuutl — has left many people confused.

A musician in Iceland has composed a light-hearted song in a bid to help people with the pronunciation of the name of the volcano, which has caused travel chaos.
 
Eyjafjallajokull - pronounced roughly ay-uh-fyat-luh-yoe-kuutl — has left many people confused.

The name has been formed through merging three Icelandic words via a process call “agglutination”, where separate ideas are put together to form a composite idea.
 
In this case, Eyjafjallajokull means “island-mountain-glacier,” reports the Telegraph.

Thus, many people have concluded that it may not refer to the volcano at all but, more accurately, “the glacier on the mountain which looks like an island”.

It is likely the volcano has been called many things that are not its proper name since it threw up vast plumes of ash clouds and forced airspace across Europe to be closed.

Eliza Geirsdottir Newman, the musician in question, performed her song to the broadcaster Al Jazeera to help people remember the correct pronunciation.

Playing a ukulele, she sang, “Eyjafjallajokull is a long, long name/ For such a small glacier, with such notorious fame/ And Eyjafjallajokull has caused quite a stir/ And no-one can fly anywhere except the birds/ Please stop it Eyjafjallajokull.”
 




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