Stuff Catalans Do: K

Catalans don’t really do K. It’s the 11th letter of the Catalan alphabet but is only used in words of foreign origin, from kafkià to kuwaitià. According to the rule book, the k- sound before –i and –e is represented in written Catalan by qu- as in quilogram, quilòmetre, quilovat, etc, but these weights and measures are often written with the more familiar international k. Oh, and Catalan Wikipedia is Viquipèdia.

You may also see ‘street’ k in words like okupa (squatter), as in Castilian. Girls’ names on the Catalan list at Viccionari are Karen, Kàtia, Katiuska and Kai

Kílian Jornet Burgada

The name Kilian is apparently of Celtic origin but this amazing mountain and skyrunner was born in Sabadell (near Barcelona) and raised in the high Pyrenees where his dad was a mountain guide and his mum a mountain sports instructor. He’s largely regarded as the world’s best endurance athlete. Kílian Jornet holds the fastest known time for the ascent and descent of Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and Denali. Watch him here in a water commercial, narrated by his mum.



Here is a full and dazzling list of Kílian Jornet’s achievements.




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