Intriguing - never knew such a thing existed!
I can't see one for w though. I don't think the Yanks had Welsh in mind when they dreamt this lot up. I doubt it they even knew it existed.
(Yanks? ASCII = American
Standard Code for Information Interchange.)
"W" is an additional vowel in Welsh, not a consonant. It makes a sort of "U" sound in the front of the mouth - so, for example, cwm
(= a valley) is pronounced exactly like someone from the north of England would pronounce "come". The circumflex lengthens the vowel sound, so the "u" turns into an " ooo".
I don't know any other language which uses "w" as a vowel, so US ignorance is perhaps pardonable. Not that most of them know - or, usually, care - much about anything beyond their chunk of land that extends "from sea to shining sea"!
Adora wrote:Are you suggesting I am incapable of captaining a poxy hovercraft full of eels John?
Nah - I'm saying that (1) there's not enough eels left unfished to fill a hovercraft, and (2) that if there were, the hovercraft would have had to sink first or the little b****rs wouldn't have been able to swim into it ... !