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RE: Nqwebasaurus, an African ornithomimosaur

The problem for me isn't the click consonant itself, it's having three 
consonant sounds in a row at the beginning of a word.  If it was called 
"Nrwebasaurus" I'd still find it impossible to pronounce.
Mike, can you upload a clip of yourself saying *Nqwebasaurus*?

> Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:35:05 +0000
> From: tyazbeck@comcast.net
> To: keesey@gmail.com
> CC: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Nqwebasaurus, an African ornithomimosaur
> In theory, most of us CAN make the click consonant sound, but it's pretty 
> much impossible unless you actually grew up in South Africa, amongst the 
> tribes that use clicks. I'd rather we stick to names that the 99% of people 
> on earth who don't use click consonants can say.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mike Keesey" <keesey@gmail.com>
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Sent: Friday, June 15, 2012 2:06:39 PM
> Subject: Re: Nqwebasaurus, an African ornithomimosaur
> On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM, Michael Lange <Michael.Lange@gmx.ch> wrote:
> > Well Michael, maybe my Swiss tongue is not able to pronounce it properly as 
> > you can do it.
> >From the people who gave us "Gstaad"??? ;)
> Pretty much everyone can make the sound in "Nqwebasaurus" (from Xhosa
> -- famous Xhosa people include Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu). Most
> of us just aren't used to using it in words (click consonants being
> endemic to southern Africa, with one case in east Africa).
> I think it's fun!
> --
> T. Michael Keesey
> http://tmkeesey.net/