What I find generally veers between the sublime and the ridiculous. If I am honest, it is more often ridiculous than sublime, as regular readers of this blog will no doubt testify. But it keeps me amused, so I keep surfing.
Cyberspace is where I discovered that the Finnish language holds the world record for the longest palindrome in every day use. Today, I would like to share some bizarre trivia about vowels in Finnish words that I have found while travelling on my cyber-surfboard.The first bit of trivia concerns words with many consecutive vowels. Now English does quite well with the word "queueing" (5 consecutive vowels), but that pales into insignificance compared to Finnish – though it has to be said that Finnish has the advantage of allowing compound nouns to be created more or less at will.
So here are some of the Finnish candidates:
Hääyöaie – 7 consecutive vowels
Wedding night intention
Riiuuyöaie – 9 consecutive vowels
Hääyöaieoionta – 10 consecutive vowels
Correction of the intention of spending a wedding night
Hääyöaieuutinen – 10 consecutive vowels
News of the intention of spending a wedding night
Finnish also holds the bizarre distinction of having a word with a large number of consecutive dots:
Pääjääjää – 14 whopping consecutive dots
The main person who stays, in the partitive case
Speaking of dots, how about this tongue-twister dots-fest?
Älä rääkkää kääkkää kääkänrääkkääjä!
En mä kääkkää rääkkääkkään. Älä kääkätä kääkänrääkkäämisestä.
Don't torment the old man, you old-man-tormentor!
I am not tormenting the old man. Stop quacking on at me about the tormenting of old men.
Anyhow, enough ridiculous nonsense. Time for me to go surfing for some sublime content for my next post.
Don't hold your breath though...