Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 28 01:35:46 UTC 2010

At 6:34 PM -0500 2/27/10, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>One of Honolulu's news anchors apologized on CNN for having said "tidal
>wave" when he meant "tsunami." He also emphasized that "tsunami" is
>Perhaps someone complained about apparent subject-verb discord.

No, it's not Latin, it's Italian:  Would you like to much on a tasty
panino while you watch the tsunamo?  Of course in the original
Italian it was "zunamo", but it is a loan word after all.


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