What would life be without online commentary…

This gem from BBC online during yesterday’s play in the India-England match.

From Gary in Newcastle: “Re Jenny Berki’s ‘is Vaughan the longest cricketer’s name containing just one syllable’ – not really as it has two syllables – ‘Vaugh’ and ‘an’.
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From Adam Lambert: “V + G + H = three syllables – back to school for you sunshine…”
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From Simon Hitchens: “Not sure Vaughan counts as two syllables, but then again it seems like it should be ranked as more than one. The last bit just kind of disappears on your breath though, dissipating into nothing just as you think it?s about to get going. Bit like Vaughan in a one day game really.”
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From Fig Dooley: “Re: Gary in Newcastle. Vaughan is actually one syllable but two phonemes. To count the syllables in any word simply place your hand under your chin when you speak and the number ot times you feel your chin move up and down equals the number of syllables.”
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From Gary in Newcastle: “A syllable is made up of a nucleus – usually a vowel and is surrounded by optional consonants. So by Adam Lambert’s way Bell has two syllables which is clearly wrong – it only has one whereas Vaughan has two vowel clusters surrounded by consonants and therefore two syllables. Back to school for you Adam.”
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From Andy in Twickenham: “To add further confusion to the argument, I reckon ‘Vaughan’ is one syllable but three phonemes – `v’, ‘au’ and ‘n’. Your mouth moves to three different positions as you say it.”
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From Chris R in Barwell: “To Gary in Newcastle: How do you explain the word rhythm?”
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From Rob: “All this talk of lexis led me to notice that your friend Mr Dirs has the distinction of having monosyllabic fore- and sur- names, whereas yourself and that fellow this morning are grammatically much better endowed.”
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From ‘gwyliwr’: “Vaughan was originally Welsh – bychan – meaning little. It becomes fychan when used in a name and Vaughan when the English try to pronounch it. So two syllables, no doubt.”
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From Adam Czarnowski: “It’s either a voiced labiodental fricative followed by either a long “o” sound (sounds like or) or a dipthong short o followed by schwa (sounds like oar) terminated by a voiced alveolar stop. And you thought cricket terminology was daft.”
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From Mark Smith: “I have a 1st class degree in English Language Studies. ‘Vaughan’ has only one syllable. End of argument.”
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From Scott in Newcastle: “How many syllables in ‘who cares’?”


That bit by Simon Hitchens – brilliance personified. Man, how I wish Ravi Shastri & Co were even 25% as interesting. 

Hmm…I am having a prolific day. Ok, over and out.

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Posted on July 23, 2007, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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