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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

On Beyond Zebra

Mathematicians and scientists looking for a new symbol may have been tempted by Dr. Seuss' letters beyond Z, like Yuzz. No need. It appears that they can use a real letter - the Old English and Scottish, Yogh.

Yogh explains why we have to pronounce the first name of the contender for the LibDem party leadership, Menzies Campell, as MING-IS. The trouble is that the army slang word ming has swept into the vocabulary of the nation's youth, "It's really minging" and "You minger!". Still, at least my kids find the news interesting at the moment.

By the way, all you MacKenzies out there should be pronouncing your name MacKenyie.


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