Iz valodas listes: Straight Banana: Hurdle after hurdle
The Latvians in their defence have turned to Greece as a potential ally, pointing out that Greece has been allowed to use a different spelling because, after all, they have a different alphabet - and the principle is the same, surely? But the Greeks aren't having it; they too are keen for Latvia to adopt the common spelling. Why? Because Greece was cajoled into accepting the pronunciation 'euro' a few years ago, which in their language apparently means 'urine' - and if they accepted that, the Latvians can bloody well accept this!