Shut Up and U0298 Me!

Volume 7, Issue 97; 09 Jun 2004; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Some things it takes a standards committee to name.

The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts good deal longer.

O. W. Holmes

I happened to stumble across Sean B. Palmer’s bot “phenny” in the #rdfig channel on Freenode. One of the things phenny can do is identify Unicode code points so I asked her to find “bullseye”. She reported:

0298: LATIN LETTER BILABIAL CLICK
25CE: BULLSEYE

Nevermind the rest of the discussion (though it’s logged if you really care), just think about the name of U0298: “bilabial click.”

I didn’t give the name any thought until a few minutes later when Sean says to me “but don't send it to anyone that you wouldn't kiss in real life.” When the penny finally dropped I laughed so hard I almost fell out of my chair.With apologies to linguists and other fans of phonetics. Come to think of it, maybe they’re responsible for the name of the character too, but I’m going to leave the cheap shot in place because I serve on a lot of committees and it’s true even if this is a bad example. Ok, maybe it’s just me.

For what it’s worth, on my display in Firefox, I think the kiss “ʘ” makes a better looking bullseye than the bullseye “◎” but I suppose that’s neither here nor there.

Comments

Apology accepted, kind of ;) ...also on behalf of !Xóõ speakers, who are underrepresented on the internet.

Maybe you or your readers might be interested in more information on clicks, bilabial or otherwise.

First of all, here's a page with audio:

http://hctv.humnet.ucla.edu/departments/linguistics/VowelsandConsonants/course/chapter6/xong/!xong.html

And here's one with an explanation:

http://www.campusprogram.com/reference/en/wikipedia/c/cl/click_consonant.html

Best,

Damon

—Posted by Damon Davison on 14 Jun 2004 @ 03:50 UTC #