Gary Shannon wrote:

> I thought "tsunami" was a Japanese word. I
> can't think of
> any native Enlgish words that start with a "TS"
> cluster.

tsetse and tsar, beloved of crossword puzzle makers.

tsunami is Japanese AFAIK.  Jap. /t, d/ > affricates [ts dz] /u/. And IINM they > [tS dZ] before /i/ (we sometimes see "Godzilla" transliterated as "Gojira" no??

Hopefully not spreading disinformation...........