Not Xmas in October

According to the latest forecasts, Tropical Storm Noel looks as if it is neither going to strengthen enormously, nor hit the US.

However, the National Weather service would like you to know that this storm is not pronounced in the same way as a synonym for Christmas ([Middle English noel, from Old French, variant of nael, from Latin nātālis (diēs), (day) of birth, from nātus, past participle of nāscī, to be born.])

Tropical Storm NOEL Forecast Discussion PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRONUNCIATION FOR THE THIS STORM'S NAME IS NOL…WITH A LONG O SOUND AND JUST ONE SYLLABLE…OR EXACTLY LIKE THE WORD KNOLL.

No umlaut, got it?

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3 Responses to Not Xmas in October

  1. eck says:

    Strictly speaking, I think that’s a diaeresis (which indicates that two adjacent vowels are to be pronounced separately) and not an umlaut (denoting a single changed vowel sound).

  2. eck says:

    Strictly speaking, I think that’s a diaeresis (which indicates that two adjacent vowels are to be pronounced separately) and not an umlaut (denoting a single changed vowel sound).

  3. Michael says:

    I have great readers.

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