Mount St. Helens Erupts After 18 Years (it's not lava-y though)

MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. (AP) - Mount St. Helens, the volcano that blew its top with cataclysmic force in 1980, erupted for the first time in 18 years Friday, belching a huge column of white steam and ash after days of rumblings under the mountain.

"It wasn't lava-y, so I wasn't scared," said Lorain Weatherby, who was working a snack bar down the road from St. Helens. "It was like a big white cloud."

In case any ExpLing readers are from the St. Helens area, not to worry, the eruption wasn't lava-y. This is both a relief and a concern. On the one hand, the fact that the blast wasn't lava-y is good as it probably means less danger for the surrounding area. It's a concern though because the adjective construction lava-y itself seems to fly right into the face of all aspects of phonological naturalness and morality. It's damn hard to say. Most of my attempts come out sounding more like "lavee" or if I confuse my stress (which happens too often) like "la vie" as in "C'est la vie".


Blogger Rachel said...

I'd pronounce "lava-y" as ['lav@?i]. It's similar to "banana-y," which I've actually said spontaneously.

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