"Baby Got Back" turned 20 this year. My favorite nostalgia show is VH1's "I Love The Inexorable March of Time Toward the Grave That Awaits Us All."
For those of you mystified by Eyjafjallajökull, I direct you to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jq-sMZtSww
. But this would be the first I can recall hearing of Forget About Dre
.Acht, so close! Well, one edit.
To help out further with your Icelandic placename pronunciation: Long words are usually just compounds of simple words. Eyjafjallajökull is a combination of:
* Eyja: Island. Pronounced "EY-yah"
* Fjall(a): Mountain. Pronounced "FYAH-tlah". That "ll" is a lateral plosive tongue-click that sounds like the "tl" in "battle".
* Jökull: Glacier. "YUH-kih-tl". The "ö" in "jökull" is sort of halfway between "eh" an "uh", said with rounded lips. The "u" in "jökull" is sort of halfway between "ih" and "uh", said with rounded lips. The "ll" is same as above.
All three of these are obviously very common components in Icelandic place names, given our geography
Some of you may remember a less-publicized (but actually larger) volcanic eruption last year from a volcano named "Grímsvötn". Most foreigners *thought* they could pronounce that one but were actually butchering it. It's "KREEMS-vuht" (with the r a little rolled, same rule on the ö as in jökull, and only a very faint n at the end, possibly none at all - trailing consonants in Icelandic are often highly dulled). It means "Grím's Lakes", as the crater is a series of subglacial lakes beneath Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe.
Thankfully, most of the volcanoes threatening to go off now are pretty easy to pronounce:
* Katla (Eyjafjallajökull's big sister): KAHT-lah
* Hekla: HECK-lah
* Askja: AHSK-yah
Ironically, the word for "easy", auðvelt, is often difficult for non-Icelanders to pronounce. But the word for "complicated" (flókið) is easy!
If you miss an eruption, don't worry - we have a volcano go off every 2 years or so, you'll get another chance
A third of all of the lava on Earth in the past 500 years has come from Iceland. Including the most devastating eruption in historic times, Laki's 1783 eruption which killed 6 million people worldwide when stretch of ground a couple dozen kilometers long "unzipped" up to 200 meters wide and erupted a linear lava fountain over 1 kilometer high, complete with unusually high levels of hydrofluoric acid, continuously for 8 months straight.