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Thread #119907   Message #2604213
Posted By: Snuffy
03-Apr-09 - 07:02 PM
Thread Name: Folkie wins Quiz!
Subject: RE: Folkie wins Quiz!
I play in a Sunday night quiz league, and a couple of months ago won a tie-breaker thanks (in a roundabout way) to John Kanakanaka.

I'd been aware for some time that some people sing too-rye-eh while others insist that the proper pronunciation is too-lie-eh. But a chance remark by another singer, that it was just the way different collectors interpreted the same sound in the Hawaiian language, eventually led me to a Wikipedia page on the Hawaiian alphabet.

So when a few weeks later the tie-breaker question was "How many letters in the Hawaiian alphabet?", when the others were guessing at random numbers I was able to say confidently "Twelve - 6 vowels and 6 consonants".