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  •  You're probably mispronouncing it ;) (4+ / 0-)
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    flowerfarmer, nathguy, Cliss, Pale Jenova

    Grímsvötn is pronounced "GREEMS-vih-dn", with a rolled R and the ö pronounced like the eux in the French "deux".  And anyway, despite widespread reporting, the volcano isn't called Grímsvötn.  Vötn is the plural of vatn, "lake".  Grímsvötn is a series of subglacial lakes heated by geothermal activity where Vatnajökull (the largest glacier in Europe... literally, "water glacier"... most places in Iceland aren't very creatively named  ;)  )  The volcano's name is Grímsfjall (fjall = mountain).  That's pronounced FYAH-tl.  Of course, it's all hidden under the glacier, so it doesn't really make a big difference.  Expect the main effect of this eruption to be a jökullhlaup (pronounced YIH-ku-tl-hlouip, with the "au" as in the French "oui") -- literally, "glacier run" -- where a buildup of water pressure leads to an outburst flood.  I wouldn't be surprised to see the ring road washed out.

    Icelandic isn't hard to pronounce once you learn the pronunciation rules; it's just odd for people who don't know them.  Oh, and if you have trouble with rolled Rs, expect trouble with Icelandic.

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