gnu.jpgToday I animated a vector image of a woman singing for an educational flash animation illustrating the difference between the larynx (humans) and the syrinx (birds).

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In my travels, I discovered that WikiCommons has a nice-if-random collection of GNU public licenced images, which led to a debate with Cow-Orker Rafe on the proper pronunciation of the word “Gnu”. Turns out we were both right. Geeks pronounce the operating system “G-noo”, and English majors pronounce the wildebeesty “Noo”.

Noo! Noo!

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  1. As somebody who speaks English English, rather than American English, it is pronounced g-noo on our side of the pond.

  2. As a former English major, I’m sad to say that I don’t believe “The Gnu Song” is standard course content for English majors at most major American universities. I propose we found a grassroots movement dedicated to correcting this situation immediately!

  3. I don’t have an English major handy to check, but I hope they’re all familiar with “The Gnu Song” by Flanders and Swann. An excerpt:

    ‘I’m a G-nu, I’m a G-nu
    The g-nicest work of g-nature in the zoo
    I’m a G-nu, How do you do
    You really ought to k-now w-ho’s w-ho’s
    I’m a G-nu, Spelt G-N-U
    I’m g-not a Camel or a Kangaroo
    So let me introduce,
    I’m g-neither man nor moose
    Oh g-no g-no g-no I’m a G-nu’

    You can hear it on Amazon under “At the Drop of a Hat” / (Michael) Flanders & (Donald) Swann.

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