Marco Cimarosti scripsit:

> For "WWW", An humorous pronunciation I have heard is: "Viva, viva, viva!".
> "W" is in fact also used as the abbreviation of Italian "viva" ("long life
> to"). The opposite "abbasso" ("down with") is normally abbreviated with an
> upside down "W".

"It is a curious property of English that 'Up the [ethnonym]' is a expression of
approval, whereas the same phrase followed by other short words is insulting."
--I forget who

John Cowan cowan@...
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all. There
are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
--_The Hobbit_