Once upon a time, in olden Greece, there lived two little vowels, almost identical twins.
Recently, I was watching videos…. Perhaps on a site I shouldn’t have been at. 😳
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I watched a young man talking about realizing something about these two Greek vowels. In English, there is only one letter ‘O,’ but it is pronounced in two ways. There is the long O, like in the word No, and the short O, like in the word Not.
In Greek, there are two Os – Omega, and Omicron. He had just become conscious of the fact that – the long O, the big O – was O–mega, and the short O, the small O – was O–micron. It’s so blindingly obvious…. after someone points it out to you.
He looked so familiar. Who was this young man taking so much delight to explain such a minuscule linguistic detail about a foreign language, with such fervor? My old eyes aren’t what they used to be, but I’m pretty sure it was me.
My next post, on the rapid increase of initialisms, will all be in English, despite the fact that there really is no such language. FYI, LOL, LMAO, ROFL, FWIW, IDK, LY, TTYL.