O No – O Not


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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Not that I’ve ever received such a notice.  😉

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 Omega, and the short O, the small O – was Omicron.  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.

16 thoughts on “O No – O Not

  1. Ah, but you forget there are THREE pronunciations of “o”. An English Lit teacher taught us a cut little gimmick – GHOTI. That’s pronounced “fish”. The gh from enough, (pay attention here) the o from women, and the ti from the suffix tion such as in action. So there is the short “o”, the long “o”, and the short “i” sound represented by the “o” in “women”.

    I’ll spare you the squashed together “oe” from German – that one throws me a lot of the time! 😀

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Are you GHOTIng for compliments? 😉 🙂

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      • 😀 Seriously, I always wanted to get one of those JESUS fish things for the bumper, then put GHOTI in it and see how many people I could freak out.

        Our English Lit. teacher was a fun old dude – he had us read “The Canterbury Tales” in Middle English – yikes! He also had us memorise Shakespeare’s MacBeth. “Out, out brief candle” and all that stuff. He taught me so well, I tested out of all but 2 classes in college – Public Speaking (a mandatory) and a dumb-ass resume writing class that allowed the school to claim an outrageously high placement rate “for students who sought placement assistance”. Well, since you HAD to take the resume course or not graduate, of COURSE they had a 98% or higher placement rate! They didn’t help me find a job one bit, but I was part of their statistic!

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    • 1jaded1 says:

      That (Ghoti) was in one of the thousand pages of questions and answers books I read as a kid. Thanks for the memories.

      Yah…such a nerd, dork, or do your worst.

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    • Delightful! Taking it from other direction of Twain’s (?) little essay about why we need all these “extra” pesky letters and what happens if we get rid of them 🙃



  2. 1jaded1 says:

    Lol! Of course it was you. Lol…I just figured out what NGL is…not gonna lie.


  3. Rivergirl says:

    Long O, short O… yeah. Got it.
    But John’s GHOTI fish has totally blown my mind.

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  4. Is it too late to point out the “aw” sound of “o” as in soft or aloft? (The wife used “aloft” earlier, reminding me of that pronunciation.) Fun fact – unlike most English words that come from romance languages, aloft comes from German, “luft” meaning sky. (Another fun fact – employees get REALLY pissed off when you refer to the airline Lufthansa as “Luftwaffe”. 😉 )

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