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Can You Say, “Eyjafjallajökull?”

Date: 19 April 2010
Category: Nature, Special Words

According to the New York Times, you pronounce the Icelandic volcano as such:


The origin of the word, volcano, comes from the root word, Vulcanus (Vulcan), the Roman god of fire. Italy has two of the world’s most famous volcanoes: Mt. Vesuvius near Naples that destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D., and Mt. Aetna which sits majestically in Sicily.

Therein lies the irony of this week’s eruption: these volcanoes in Italy, Kilauea and Haleakala in Hawaii, plus Mt. Fuji in Japan and Mt. St. Helens among others, are considered to be great tourist destinations.  In this case, however, Eyjafjallajökull is preventing travelers around the world from reaching their favorite vacation spots.

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