Sunday, January 25, 2009

WEF in Davos

World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week.

How to pronounce Davos? Wikipedia has this: English-speaking broadcast journalists covering the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting, along with many speakers at the meeting itself, commonly mispronounce the town's name by emphasizing the first syllable and shortening the o to make the word rhyme with "moss", i.e., DAH-voss ([ˈdaː·vɔs]). The correct pronunciation is dah-VOHS ([daː·'vos]).

As I was growing up, every winter and spring day I would hear the avalanche report on the radio, right after the weather forecast. It came from the Swiss Institute For Snow And Avalanche Research, then located at Weissfluhjoch, Davos. That's how I know how it's pronounced...

Where's Davos? This from Davos in Grisons is a place of superlatives: this holiday destination with international ambience is the largest resort in the Alps for mountain holidays, sport and conferences, at 1,560 m (5,118 ft) the highest town in the Alps and a high-altitude health resort with a long tradition.