Losung

Introducing the Spanish heavy rock unlaut (sic).

Trebots @ Friday November 30th 2012 11:22

Lösung ("solution") without the umlaut (presumably still intended to be "solution", but normally "deershit", inter alia) have a record out on 14/12. Will they succeed in reversing diaeresisphile musical tendencies of recent decades? Is German orthographic convention at risk?

(Unlaut is not what they do. You have been warned.)

  • Germanic umlaut (1) Germanic umlaut is a type of linguistic umlaut in which a back vowel changes to the associated front vowel or a front vowel becomes closer to /i/ when the following syllable contains /i/, /iː/, or /j/. This process took place separately in the various Germanic languages starting around 450 or 500 AD, and affected all of the early languages except for Gothic. An example of the resulting vowel change is the English plural foot > feet.
  • Metal umlaut (1) A metal umlaut is a diaeresis that is sometimes used gratuitously or decoratively over letters in the names of hard rock or heavy metal bands—for example those of Queensrÿche, Blue Öyster Cult, Motörhead, The Accüsed, and Mötley Crüe. Among English speakers, the use of umlaut marks and other diacritics with a blackletter style typeface is a form of foreign branding intended to give a band's logo a Teutonic quality—denoting stereotypes of boldness and strength commonly attributed to ancient northern European peoples, such as the Vikings and Goths. Its use has also been attributed to a desire for a "gothic horror" feel. The metal umlaut is not generally intended to affect the pronunciation of the band's name.
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