White Flag -- "rythm", no vowel in

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 19 22:54:31 UTC 2012

I think the word cwm functions primarily as an answer to trivia questions

cwm  (km)
n.  See cirque.
[Welsh, valley.]
cwm [kuːm]
n  1. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) (in Wales) a valley
    2. (Earth Sciences / Geological Science) Geology another name for cirque [1]


Definition of CWM
chiefly British
: cirque 3
Origin of CWM
Welsh, valley
First Known Use: 1853


On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM, Larry Sheldon <LarrySheldon at cox.net> wrote:
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> I am really going to have to show my ignorance now.
> When I was little, the officially sanctioned vowels were "AEIOU and
> sometimes W and Y".
> All theses years since I have (when four-leaf clovers are plentiful)
> searched for an occurrence of an English "w" making what seems to me to
> be a vowel sound (what ever THAT turns out to mean), and one of "y" that
> does not.
> (For me, a "vowel sound" is one that allows me to pronounce successive
> sharp-edged consonants.)
> Would somebody pleas point me to an example of each?
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