Thursday, August 21, 2008

the silent "s"

the announcers at the 2008 beijing olympics shook the world when they announced, as the 4 Lao athletes (2 swimmers, 2 runners) entered the bird's nest arena, that Laos is actually pronounced Lao, and that the "s" (a french additon) is silent. my phone has been ringing non-stop since that day... "is it true? is the country really called Lao and not Laos?" and yes... it is true; it is really called meuang Lao, not meuang Laos.
and on a different note: the olympics have been my new best friend. we hang out every night until 1 am. and did yall see misty may and kerri walsh beat up china in volleyball last night? and in the pouring rain too. amazing.
and i actually saw one of the Lao runners in his qualifying round - Souksavanh Tonphithak. he came in last place in the prelims... so i really only saw him just when the starting shot was fired, then the camera left him to follow the jamaican runners zooming to the finish line. but nevertheless, it was exciting to see him there...
here is a link to a blog with another report about the beijing olympic athletes.

3 comments:

Jane Says said...

yes - i can finally go to sleep before midnight now!!!

EMER50N said...

http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=pY8jaGs7xJ0

jrm said...

yes jane, and the dnc (the new olympics) ends at a much more reasonable hour.

emerson, what's up with the youtube video? ha ha.