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Q is for Queue

Posted at 9:36 AM on September 16, 2008 by Fred Child (1 Comments)

The BBC Proms, the annual (and massive!) music festival in London, wrapped up over the weekend.

"Prom" is short for "promenade," and if you're willing to "prom" -- that is, *stand* at the front or in the upper gallery of the Royal Albert Hall during the concert -- you can get in for about eight bucks. Those "prommer" tickets go on sale 90 minutes before every concert.

This past Saturday, my colleague Brian Newhouse hosted the American broadcast of the Anglophile music party that is the Last Night of the Proms, and sent this video postcard from the queue.


Comments ( 1 )


As a linguist, I am curious to understand why
Fred Child would think that the J in Azerbaijan would have a French "j" of all things. That's as odd as those who think Beijing has a French "j".

Actually, both have an English "j" as one would
logically expect.

It is true that the Slavic languages adopted the German "j" (stronger than English "y"); but that
did not seem to happen in Asia.

If you want a French "j" go to Haiti or the language of a former French colony in NW Africa (other than Nigeria of course), . . . say the Congo.

Is it that hard to get it right????

Posted by Thanasy Bailey | September 16, 2008 5:33 PM

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