Saturday, February 18, 2006

ukk, ukka. ukko, ukku

With wind chills around 0 F. all day, this was not
an outdoorsy (much less Springy) Saturday, here
in Schenectady, New York, USA. I found myself
online, at One Look Dictionary, checking to see if
"ukku" might actually be a word. While it has not
yet made One Look or its hundreds of searched
reference works, there are a number of "ukk"
listings that I found to be interesting and/or ironic:

UKK - this acronym is the Finnish analog of FAQ:
Usein Kysytyt Kysymykset is Finnish for Frequently
Asked Questions.

UKKA - is the acronym for the United Kenpo Karate Asso-
ciation (USA)

Ukko - is the most significant god in Finnish mythology,
and is the god of sky, weather, crops (harvest) and other
natural things. The Finnish word ukkonen means thunder-
storm, is derived from his name "ukko" in contemporary
Finnish means "old man."

mid-February
you're only as cold
as you feel

11 Comments:

Blogger laryalee said...

Fascinating info, David!
I especially enjoyed the Finnish
connection.
And I love your ku!

I use Answers.com for much of
my searching...it gives meanings as well as links. It doesn't have a meaning for ukku either, but plenty of links.

http://www.answers.com/

:-)
Lary

9:20 PM  
Blogger Alison Williams said...

I'd always suspected that ukku has no meaning, thanks for confirming my suspicions!

12:02 AM  
Blogger Little Onion said...

morning frost
bluetits investigate
the birdbox

2:01 AM  
Blogger jjs said...

UKK is also well-known initials for Urho Kaleva Kekkonen, a long-time President of Finland.

2:57 AM  
Blogger Norman Darlington said...

And a little more, David....
In Japanese, uka describes insects growing wings and flying, while uku means to float. Not entirely inappropriate, eh?

5:11 AM  
Blogger Aurora said...

Now this is funny....

8:16 AM  
Blogger Little Onion said...

Ukku or WOOTZ - a type of Damascus Steel:

http://indculture0.tripod.com/telingsteel.htm

from the road bridge
sheffield's steel mills
a shopping mall

10:06 AM  
Blogger Denis said...

Very funny wordplay in the ku. Nicely done.

bw,
Denis

4:36 PM  
Blogger Timothy said...

For those who care, ukku is actually the Hausa (West African trade language) for 'three' which is appropriate for three-lined haiku. The word-play enthusiasts will also note that it could stand for "United Kingdom haiKU" - hence the mailing list name.
tc

1:12 AM  
Blogger Alison Williams said...

...and he should know, he named it!!!

10:43 AM  
Blogger Erik Mann said...

another great post...cool blog...erik

9:09 AM  

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