Perhaps I am being slightly non-PC, but I occasionally assert that many people from Eastern European countries with badly transliterated names are suffering from a vowel deficiency. The alleged ringleader of the recent terrorist attacks in Algeria, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, sports the nom de guerre "Laaouar," which means (they say) "The One-Eyed." I have never seen a word or even a name with that many vowels in row. A modest suggestion, offered with the hope that he won't be needing them much longer: Why not donate them to the vowel-deprived of Poland and Serbia?
Is "sequoia" the only English word with all the vowels?
That's pretty much it for vowels. Short blog today!
Follow-up 03 March 2013