Goose dialects

Today’s Bizarro, on geese around the world:

A little play on spelling conventions: the default spelling for the phoneme /v/ of English and French is V, but the spelling for the phoneme /v/ of German is W. So Canadian geese — note that this is a type name; Canada geese (sometimes called Canadian geese) are by no means limited to Canada, and other goose species, for example the snow goose, are found in Canada — will fly in a V formation, while German geese (this is not a type name) will fly in a double V formation, making a W. But only if the German geese know how to spell in German.


One Response to “Goose dialects”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    From Michael Yadroff on Facebook, this wry comment:

    Yeah, and Russian geese will fly in a B formation : ) )

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