Friday, November 25, 2005

They are very rigorous - the judging exams

It has occurred to me that I am perhaps the only blogger in the 218 billion out there who has no idea how to pronounce his own name.

Perhaps some scholar of Latin would care to show off like a big girl’s blouse impress us with their immense knowledge and tell us whether the ‘i’ in Vicus is pronounced as in ‘git’ or as in ‘visa’. I don’t believe it should be ‘i’ as in ‘shite’.

And is the v pronounced as v or w?

There will be a prize for the 500th comment. (Anyone posting consecutive comments will be disqualified).

49 comments:

Mark Gamon said...

Whycuss Skew-wah?

xycksoqq. The state of one's footwear after a particularly hard-fought game of Omani Battledore.

Geoff said...

bicu kiora - the s's are silent and you roll the r's.

robotjam said...

Have you asked your parents ? Afterall they are to blame for inflicting this on you :)

Mark Gamon said...

Weecoo Sk'jowah.

I've done some more research. The last O should have a diaresis above it, like in all thre best Swedish words, but Blogger doesn't seem to have legislated for that.

Simon Holledge said...

Why-curr-erse Scar-rr-rah,

500 comments is a lot. You will need some controversies, anonymous postings by vindictive ex-girlfriends, a leadership election, a girl-friday, the support of Bill Gates and his defective operating systems, alluring women writing things like "I'm Amanda. I'm in Kingsley, NW Hampshire, it's late and I need a drink."

It's all hard work - perhaps you can tell us now what the prize is. OK?

Mark Gamon said...

Trust Simon to go for the Scottish pronunciation...

Vicus Scurra said...

Simon - Amanda is a slut. She has already had a drink, or would know that Kingsley is in NE Hampshire, not NW. I strongly advise you to choose your companions with more circumspection.

Most people seem to be focus on my speech impediment rather than giving the serious answer for which I hoped.
A friend recently asked which words gave me the most difficult.
I replied that rural was one never to be attempted.
"How do you say library?" he asked.
"Very quietly", was my witty reply.

tenllniq - a clue to the prize offered in silly web logs.

Merkin said...

Your name is clearly pronounced "Neville Chamberlain" - although it is often surmised that Pliny the Elder would have considered the "lain" to be pronounced "made".

AND, in base 6 (ie the Hexic System), this is already the 11th post. We're close....

Mark Gamon said...

Nobody likes a smartass, Merkin.

Pwetnap. 'Scurra' in Balinese.

Betty said...

Vicious Scrofula.

zoe said...

Vicious Skewers, nom d'une pipe - have you no respect ?








I thought not.

Simon Holledge said...

Vic, Amanda says she recognizes your photo.

"Gor," she said "it's 'im. The old beak! The one with the gee-og-graphy fetish! We all know 'im, we do . . ."

Merkin said...

Au contraire, Mark. I just love a smart ass. Talking donkeys have always been my forte...

*immature snigger - heads off to Argentina*

Bob said...

When I was doing Latin in the 4th year, I'm sure I was told that there was no correct pronounciation of anything so anything would do - or maybe I just dreamt that - in any event my Latin master passed on many years ago so it's all irrelevant now.

Personally, I think that the emphasis should be on the second syllable of the first word.

Simon Holledge said...

This thread has a long way to go if I am going to win any kind of valuable 500th comment prize.

Vicus Scurra said...

Tut, tut, Mr Holledge.
What if Robert the Bruce had adopted that attitude?
sztivp - Polish expression of mild disapproval.

Simon Holledge said...

Hmm. Mr Scurra,

I think you are confusing Robert the Bruce (a prudent fellow and keen observer of spiders, who died in his bed) with William Wallace who was more hasty.

Do widzenia etc.

Vicus Scurra said...

Moj poduszkowiec jest pelen wegorzy

Simon Holledge said...

Dui bu qi, Scurra Xiansheng keshi wo zhi hui shuo 'zaijian' zai puolanhua.

Jintian zai Sugelan yidian leng. Yingguo zemmayang? Wo hen mang yinwei wo jindian you chubande gongzuo. Zhe shi wo geju zaizhi de gong zuo.

Zhu ni hao!

Mark Gamon said...

Zpftdjzj.

That's all I have to say on THIS subject.

Vicus Scurra said...

Very good, Mark, though I suspect Mr Holledge will be able to translate it.
I suspect he speaks - I suspect that he speaks Kyrgyz - he is awfully clever.

Simon Holledge said...

VS 'Hampshire Mole' (Sleeper 46)

Don't blow my cover, old chap!

Delete this (and your ref to Kyrgyz) before the next Googlebot Sunday 23.06 GMT.

BTW Condo wants to know what you want for Xmas.

Mark Gamon said...

A 1930 Martin OM-28 acoustic guitar.

You were asking me, weren't you?

Hcybpcol. A new hangover cure.

Simon Holledge said...

I think I may have one in Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Can you collect? It's only 250 kilometres from Reykjavik

Mark Gamon said...

If I thought you really had one to give me, Simon, I'd charter my own iddy-biddy helicopter to get it.

But isn't 250 kilometres from Reykjavik at the bottom of the sea? I'm not sure how big Iceland is.

24 posts. This is pathetic. We really must try harder.

Pmuhxof. A word with a meaning so vulgar it can't even be published in Vicious Skewer's blog.

Vicus Scurra said...

Perhaps if we pretended that this was a post about the tory party leadership, then some of Boris's chums would wander over here and help us.

kpuxkgu - the state of being when one is faced with a virtually impossible task.

Mark Gamon said...

I'm kpuxkgu'd today myself. I've been trying to stir them up on the subject of Margaret Thatcher. I'm a fool to myself.

Frjefuk. A fool unto himself.

Simon Holledge said...

Ah, some new comments. All is not hopeless then!

Mark: 'Klausters' - as it is known locally - is indeed terra ferma, but your helicopter may not be able to land because of the lava flows.

What did you think of my shadow cabinet list?

Vicus Scurra said...

Mark, Simon, Help!
I am bordering on getting serious over at Boris's pad. Can one of you take over please?

Simon Holledge said...

Which entry?

Vicus Scurra said...

Class divide

Simon Holledge said...

OK. Have shot John East out of the water. What is my reward?

Vicus Scurra said...

Thank you Simon.
Alas you have been tainted by exposure to the capitalists.
Had you managed to maintain your composure, the subject of reward would not come up. Participation and having right on your side would have been reward enough.
The only thing I can think to offer is a copy of the Kaliyuga Kards christmas card. This is a publication in appalling taste (and I think this year's will be worse than most), that is sent to my dear friends in response to the sick feeling I get whenever I hear the word "christmas" used.
I have to say that I am well behind schedule in the production of this year's edition.
If you would like a copy (and this applies to all of my loyal readers - [AMToNW]) please send your postal address by email to:
vicus_scurra@btinternet.com

xplab - latest software, designed to convert PC into melted blob of plastic and wires.

Simon Holledge said...

Thank you for putting everything in perspective. I am suitably humbled.

Unfortunately don't read Kurdish. Perhaps a donation to Jane Austin's house in Alton Chawton?

Mark Gamon said...

Damn. I'm away and I'm missing all the fun. Please note that I am still manfully adding to this comments count despite only having my mum's dial-up to do it on.

Mark Gamon said...

OK. Been to Boris's. Caught up a bit. Yes, I KNOW this is a consecutive post. You can deduct it if you wish.

Emayer. Email with a lisp!

Simon Holledge said...

Maybe the 'brother Simon' stuff was a mistake. He didn't reply.

If you want an effective posse it may be better not to announce them.

Sorry - sometimes these Tories annoy me . . . .

Mark Gamon said...

Coo. That John East. He's a one, isn't he?

Vicus Scurra said...

I'm sorry, Mr Holledge, but I can not reply in Chinese to your earlier message. I think that you will find that the weather in England is comparable to that north of the border. Is your magazine about opera?
Chinese opera perchance?

Mark Gamon said...

My ny vynnaf cows Sawsnek, ty woky.

Simon Holledge said...

Vicus,

Thanks for your comment referring succinctly to the Chinese language, weather, and Chinese opera. I have trouble prioritizing it, no to mention remembering the references.

What happened to your design? Did you drop a template? I just hope it wasn't painful . . .

Any chance of disabling the eyesight tests?

Vicus Scurra said...

Tell me what is wrong with the design and I will try to fix it. Just wanted to make it easier to read.
I am using Firefox on a pc, where it looks fine.

rsnwhj - mandarin for "I'm alright Jack"

Simon Holledge said...

I am looking at the design on Firefox on a Mac. (Actually it looks the same on Safari).

To be absolutely and fearless frank, to tell you the truth straight, not to beat about the bush, to call a spade a spade . . . .

Why not post an entry asking for everybody's responses to your new look?

Alternatively you could consult Mr Mark Gamon. He is a man with a fine visual sense.

Simon Holledge said...

By the way I've been meaning to recommend:

http://www.tikibartv.com/

I suggest downloading the London Fogcutter episode.

Mark Gamon said...

Aw shucks. Well I quite like it. A change is as good as a rest. Is it a Blogger template?

Vicus Scurra said...

It is a modified blogger template.
I am not sure whether Simon just does not like it, or whether there is something technically wrong. He uses one of these "apple" thingies, of which you may have heard.
If it is merely on the grounds of artistic interpretation that he is complaining, then my seasonal response is "tough".

Simon Holledge said...

" . . . sure whether Simon just does not like it, or whether there is something technically wrong."

You have described my dilemma perfectly. I dislike it, but it also doesn't seem to be working. I can't believe anyone would intentionally make a template like this.

Have you tried the Brit-mocking Tiki Bar TV yet?

Mark Gamon said...

Brit-mocking? Oh. I think I was a little under the weather when I went there yesterday. It all went straight over my head.

Vicus's new site works perfectly well on my 'XP' computer. If that helps.

Mark Gamon said...

Talking of technical problems, Simon - I don't seem to be able to leave a comment on your blog. IS this another 'Apple' thing?