0853: "Consecutive Vowels"

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby zeppo.kobayashi » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:46 am UTC

Ah! The Finnish word "riiuuyöaie" is so cool and perfectly in line with this theory.
Translation: "a plan for a night of wooing"...

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby irishnut » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:46 am UTC

udqbpn wrote:Latchstring. Nobody loves me ;-(

just don't go on a stabbing spree with your switchblade

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby StClair » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:47 am UTC

RebeccaRGB wrote:Hawaiians must be like rabbits.

My thoughts exactly.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Groundsplitter » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:48 am UTC

I think I need to test the Swedish rural dialectal phrase "å i åa ä e ö" on a girl now...
("å i åa ä e ö" = "and in the stream [there] is an island")

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Zoe.Rose.Ann » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:50 am UTC

To be fair: Typical differences between American and "not American" grammar aside-- there's no such thing as "proper pronunciation". The one thing pounded into all innocent young Linguistics students is this precise fact. It's all a matter of opinion, language evolution, and prejudice. So when you lose the aspirated [h] in /whet/, you're not guilty of poor grammar. You're simply guilty of not living in a certain 8-block radius in London (or, apparently, in areas of the southern United States) where that exact diction is utilized.

You said:
--> It's actually odd to look at linguistics and realize just how much you don't hear. For example, I didn't realize that the words "wet" and "whet" are supposed to be pronounced differently. The only times on American television where the "wh" is pronounced correctly is when people are mocking it, or King of the Hill.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby bitwiseshiftleft » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:52 am UTC

Not sure how the x-axis on that scatterplot manages to be continuous.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby keithc » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:53 am UTC

mgcclx wrote:I must say I don't get this at all.
What's with consecutive vowels have anything to do with arousal?

Is there some reference I'm suppose to know?

I think it's more that if you search for correlations in data sets with sufficiently large numbers of variables (and probably values for those variables) you will come up with correlations. Of course, whether those correlations are meaningful or not ... (hence my earlier reference to http://xkcd.com/552)

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Chromatos » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:54 am UTC

I'm sure it is no coincidence that there is a Finnish word "riiuuyöaie" which means "date night plans"

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby naigangnidborb » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:12 am UTC

Corrupt: thanks, but that was what I did the first time, and it said (still says - I copied your text, and it doesn't even let me post if I keep it) "You cannot use certain BBCodes: [url]." - I wondered whether recent joiners were forbidden from doing stuff.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Calu » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:14 am UTC

Groundsplitter wrote:I think I need to test the Swedish rural dialectal phrase "å i åa ä e ö" on a girl now...
("å i åa ä e ö" = "and in the stream [there] is an island")

Haha, or put this on repeat all night long :D

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Rowan » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:30 am UTC

The Finnish word "hääyöaie", with 7 consecutive vocals following a soft consonant, translates to "wedding night intention". This can't be a coincidence...

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Softfoot » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:32 am UTC

Phonemics fail.
Sure, 'queueing' contains multiple consecutive vowels when written, but when spoken, has only two.
As an alternative, include sonorous consonants such as liquids, nasals and glides - mmmm? Add a little intonation, and you can proposition someone without saying a single word.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby solarion » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:40 am UTC

Arky wrote:It's a correlation does not equal causation joke.

To people missing the joke, and missing why a search on a large database of "material" might correlate sexual arousal with lots of vowels in a row, think OH OOOOOH OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH YEAAAAAAAAAAH! YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

The title text is crap though. Should have been a joke about how this doesn't always work as a pick-up technique because a lot of vowels in a row also correlates with terror. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Quoted because this needs emphasis. I think it's not an easy thing to get.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby argonaut » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:02 am UTC

Trivia time! What's the only U.S. city whose name is all vowels? (Can't get sexier than that!)
Aiea, HI

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Jyrki » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:04 am UTC

Ok. Try and beat the Finnish word


9 consecutive vowels. For us the letter 'y' is always a vowel :D (it would be impossible to pronounce my name, if it weren't :roll: )

The meaning? Something you plan to do on a night of courtship :)

Edit: ninja'ed. I seem to have missed the incoming traffic while typing (amoing other things). I'm pretty sure I checked, though??
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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby fagricipni » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:15 am UTC

hthall wrote:EDIT: cleaned up the HTML-coded apostrophes, and corrected the spelling of "voyeur", anticipating that Monsieur Munroe will do the same

Now you need to make it point at the right comic: your link points at the Local g comic.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby MitraSmit » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:16 am UTC

Sounds to me every Finnish word has something to do with doing something some night...

How did Randall make a mistake in the word voyeur? Isn't that almost impossible to misspell?
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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby theGoldenCalf; » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:23 am UTC

I just went in the bedroom, woke the wife up and tried the "queueing" thing. Didn't work.

(also, isn't it spelled "queuing"?)

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby sylfi » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:31 am UTC

theGoldenCalf; wrote:I just went in the bedroom, woke the wife up and tried the "queueing" thing. Didn't work.

(also, isn't it spelled "queuing"?)

It can be spelled either way, but "queueing" is more common.

Also, is it just me or is the title-text a Fermirotica reference?

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby GulliNL » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:31 am UTC

naigangnidborb wrote:Angstschreeuw! (Dutch for "fear scream". Guess it being un-sexy fits.)

I registered just to learn you an even better example; slechtstschrijvend (translated into worst writing: e.g. Of all the people he is the worst writing. Which is actually good grammar in dutch ;) )

Also; Haaieeieren or papagaaieeieren (Shark's eggs or Parrot's eggs) are dutch words with 9 consecutive vowels. Yeah, that's right! ;)

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby SpudTater » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:39 am UTC

If "queueing" was such a turn-on, Britain's reputation would be quite different indeed.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby RebeccaRGB » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:42 am UTC

URU-EU-UAU-UAU (a language of Brazil) has nine vowels in a row, ignoring hyphens.
Stephen Hawking: Great. The entire universe was destroyed.
Fry: Destroyed? Then where are we now?
Al Gore: I don't know. But I can darn well tell you where we're not—the universe!

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby philip1201 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:43 am UTC

JWaltman wrote:I just wanted to register to let you know this..


just so you know.. this was the dutch word with the most consecutive vowels.. alas.. Some people thought is was needed to have new spelling rules, so now it's "koeienuier"

Anyway, it means cow's udder.

*drool"... vowels

Actually it's been Koeienuier for the last 15 years. (the same goes for GulliNL, it's haaieneieren en papegaaieneieren).

Also, how did Randall test for partial vowels? Either that, or "queueing" is still in the almost-constant part of the graph. And if there are no partial vowels, shouldn't it be a bar graph? And where are the error bars on the graph (because I really doubt you could be that accurate in defining a response). And do shouts and screams count? (Aaaaaaargh!)
On an unrelated note, I went on a holiday to Aiyion.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby plotza » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:47 am UTC

I finally understood why italians are famed as great lovers: we havethe word "cuoiaio" which has one more consecutive vowel than "queueing", and "aiuole" which sports all of the vowels (albeit, not in-a-row).

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby xnick » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:54 am UTC

Has anyone noticed the word at the bottom of a Google search?

It's Goooooooooogle.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby m8e » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:18 am UTC

Just wanted to add two swedish words:
zoooordning(zoo-oordning), means "zoo disarray". (Disarray in a zoo.)
voodoooomvänd(voodoo-oomvänd), means "voodoo unconverted/nonconverted".

Only four consecutive vowels, but look at those Os!.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Amberfire287 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:19 am UTC

This comic is #853. Just sayin'.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Midnight » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:39 am UTC


I got a chuckle out of it, though. But perhaps cause I read too much xkcdsucks at a point in my life, I can't help but think the last panel would be improved by just a shot of a tousled couple tangled in the sheets the next day.
uhhhh fuck.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby lemonickous » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:45 am UTC

Well, now I know where to go for honeymoon, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu


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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby The Chemist » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:00 am UTC


So, now I need to figure out the frequency at which Y becomes a vowel.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Amarantha » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:23 am UTC

schu wrote:In other words, we should all be really turned on right now.
I've never been so turned on in my life.

mgcclx wrote:What's with consecutive vowels have anything to do with arousal?
You're just jealous, mgcclx.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Ideas sleep furiously. » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:41 am UTC

shashwat986 wrote:I'm not sure they're typos anymore... two for two can mean Randall's trying to send a message...

That's what I call the English class method.

Drawing meaning where there is none.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby rgove » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:47 am UTC

Old McDonald had a farm
E I E I Oooooooooh yeaaaaaaaah

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby gaius » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:52 am UTC

In Dutch we can now do even better with consonants, since Борщ (very filling Russian beat-soup) has become a Dutch word as well, with official spelling "borsjtsj"!

Thus the word "borsjtsjschranser" translates to "devourer of Борщ", and is written with 10 (ten) consecutive consonants. Beat that :D

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby LtNOWIS » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:57 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Aeneous. Yeah, nothing sexual there.

Anyway, these actually look like French words. It might be why French is the language of romance and German, nicht so sehr...

Puts a new perspective on the book in Calvin & Hobbes, Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby NeilRashbrook » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:58 am UTC

I'm glad I don't live in Knightsbridge.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby BioTronic » Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:13 am UTC

Saueøyeeple (Sheep's eye ball). Gods, I love Norwegian.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby SparkOut » Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:29 am UTC

NeilRashbrook wrote:I'm glad I don't live in Knightsbridge.
:lol: yeah in Knightsbridge you'd have to spend your whole time queueing just to stand any chance at all. Then when you stopped queueing you'd lose the attraction...
so how many times would there be sexual episodes *in* a queue?
(Fenchurch from, H2G2 springs to mind)

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Bossi » Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:49 am UTC

While I'm sure it wasn't the intent, this once again makes me glad to be a traffic engineer.

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