Jason (jcreed) wrote,

It's saturday night, so obviously I am sitting at home writing programs to extract interesting facts from rather large phonetic datasets. The dataset is CMUDict, and the so far the interesting fact is that "mnookin" is a word. Well, a proper noun, at least. Can you imagine your last name being "mnookin"? The 'm' isn't silent. Mnookin! Such a great word. I found it by counting up the frequency of first-syllable onsets, and "mn" as a fully-pronounced pair of consonants occurs in just that one word. Other singletons include Fthenakis, Phnom, Jfet, and Smrekar. But nothing beats Mnookin.

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    Well I am certainly glad I saw Arrival so that I get the wug joke in http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=29480#more-29480

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    Saw "Arrival". It did have some nontrivial linguistics content, but it still felt kind of wrapped up in a discernible layer of Hollywood Woo. The…

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    Had some dinner at Aliada with akiva and sasha and K, and afterwards saw Herzog's "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" in Socrates park. Enjoyably bleak.

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