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web oh ess.
Open webOS indeed
Posted Jun 28, 2012 22:06 UTC (Thu) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
Posted Jun 29, 2012 13:47 UTC (Fri) by mattdm (subscriber, #18)
Posted Jun 29, 2012 22:09 UTC (Fri) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
Just take any random phrase in both languages and compare. Let's see the first headline in google news right now:
"Rajoy logra que la UE dé oxígeno a España"
"Rajoy manages to get the EU to give oxygen to Spain"
it's two words longer. It's a bit odd though, because it's a literal translation. Let's see if we can get it a bit better:
"Rajoy wins an oxygen line for Spain from the EU"
which is still one world longer.
But, anyway, all this is absolutely UNRELATED to foreign words sounding funny.
If it's impossible that you can say "web oh ess" and it sounding like a word, it's a mere accident. In Spanish, like in English, some acronyms are read letter-by-letter, but others are not. It's a question of convention, there's no rule. This particular case is read as a word in Spanish, and letter-by-letter in English.
Posted Jun 29, 2012 22:24 UTC (Fri) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
I once computed the Zipf exponents for a number of written works taken from the Gutenberg project; it seemed to me that Russian was the most compact language, but it depended greatly on the author. This particular computation depends on the choice of words, not on meaning, but it should correlate somehow with the information content.
In this case what really matters is rules of pronunciation and of syllabic division. And a stupid similarity between words of different languages. This kind of paronymia (similar unrelated words) has always fascinated me: how "island" and "isle", with similar meanings, come from completely different roots.
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