Change the name
Change the volcano's name. Not that big of a deal.
Scareware slingers have balked at using the name of the Icelandic volcano that this week has prevented planes flying across much of Europe as a theme for search engine manipulation campaigns because its name is simply too complicated. Distributors of rogue security software can normally be relied upon to latch onto any item of …
...seems to translate to "Island mountain glacier" if you know where to split the comopund word into its discrete parts..(kudos, translate.google.com)
I don't speak Icelandic (unlike the amazing savant Daniel Tammet) * but Nordic languages have a tendency to, er, saveonthespacekeyabit. Yougetthedrift.
*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Tammet --< worth a read!
Thanks for the link, that was actually interesting...
I have to wonder about his invented language though, did he make the same howling mistake that Zamenhof made? Namely including the pointless genders for inanimate objects, which serve no purpose other than to reinforce the belief held by every English speaking school boy that all other languages are "stupid". I note that he does include Esperanto in his list, so I'm not hopeful he has learnt from this.
Sufferers from aspergers are famously unable to relate to or put themselves in the shoes of others (namely us pour saps who can't learn a language is a week) so my hopes are really fading very fast...
Actually this might explain the new language, what better way is there of avoiding interacting and relating to others! I guess Esperanto was just too popular for him!
Yesterday, I ordered his book "Born under a blue sky" from Amazon . I'm sure it'll be a fascinating read.
""what better way is there of avoiding interacting and relating to others!"" -maybe why, when I was an active Radio Amateur, I only used Morse Code, and never a power over 3 Watts...Heathkit HW8, anyone? In Morse, no-one can hear you scream! ;-)
.. is basically Finnish. He just modified it a bit. Dunno why he reinvented the wheel, but...
E.g., (Caps are the Finnish equivalent). I hope he hasn't come out with the similar grammar (15 case endings, vs. English's three as did Mikael Agricola - father of the Finish lingo*)
* buss (bus) BUSSI
* kuppi (cup) KUPPI
* kellokült (lateness, tardiness; literally "clock-debt")
* puhukello (telephone; literally "speak-bell") PUHELIN
* tontöö (music; literally "tone-art")
* nööt (night) YÖ
* koet saapat (footwear) SAAPAS
* hamma (tooth) HAMMAS
* rât (wire)
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikael_Agricola (Sorry about the picture quality - it's the only photograph we have of him ;-)
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"Eyjafjallajökull... is simply too difficult to spell for most surfers, let alone virus writer types"
My money says it's name recognition. Virus writers don't put it out there because most people would see the name and say, "huh?" Now then, the words "volcanic eruption" gets people's attention even if you're selling V1AGRA!
I don't know how to spell Eyjafjallajökull either, I just copied and pasted from your article into my scareware mail-shots.
The way I see it, I have few competitors on this one so it's a good opportunity.
(I know, I'm assuming that El Reg has got it right, but who would check it anyway?)
"Dreadful flooding caused by a volcano erupting under a glacier". We don't havethat in Yorkshire.
I've also been told that there's a single SHORT word for "A friend who, under the influence of alcohol, become attractive enough". And short words tend to have been around a long time. But then, the nights can be very long in Iceland!
I'm friends with a lass, who lives at the northernmost tip of Norway. About the same latitude, but without being pestered by some ancient old geyser. Nomadic 50-something - lovely lady, she relies on friends around Finland to stay with (crashed on my sofah dozens of times) when she flies south for the Summer (to maintain her 'non-dom' status, I guess)
She told me once, "Where I live, in the Summer, all we do is make love, and catch fish. In the winter, there's no fishing..."
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