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    Thu May 27, 2004 4:44 pm  
    GH Pronouciation

    I'm not sure if this has been covered in articles before.

    How do you pronouce:

    Nyr Dyv (at the moment I say: Near Dive)
    Dyvers (at the moment I say: Dive-ers)
    Pale (this could be Pale or Pahl-ay)
    Medegia (at the moment I say: Med-Asia)
    Erehli Cinlu (?)

    lich (I say litch but could be lick)
    drow (I say drow as in brown cow)
    bullywug (could be bully as in a bully at school or BUHL-ly that rhymes with gully)

    These are just some off the top of my head. People are welcome to add their own.

    Thanks.


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    Thu May 27, 2004 6:51 pm  

    Hmm. i would like to add a word, as sometimes english pronunciation really tricks me: Furyondy

    Regarding the tonic syllab, it is pronounced:

    a) Fu-ry-ON-dy (then the "ry would be like in "bury")

    or

    b) Fu-RY-on-dy (in that case, the "ry" would be spoken like in "cry", not as in "angry"?)

    and regarding the last syllab:

    the "dy" would be pronunced like "dee" or "die" ?

    These may be basic questions but english is not my home language, so.. Smile

    Thanks in advance!
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    Thu May 27, 2004 7:36 pm  

    Wykthor wrote:
    Hmm. i would like to add a word, as sometimes english pronunciation really tricks me: Furyondy

    Regarding the tonic syllab, it is pronounced:

    a) Fu-ry-ON-dy (then the "ry would be like in "bury")

    or

    b) Fu-RY-on-dy (in that case, the "ry" would be spoken like in "cry", not as in "angry"?)

    and regarding the last syllab:

    the "dy" would be pronunced like "dee" or "die" ?

    These may be basic questions but english is not my home language, so.. Smile

    Thanks in advance!


    This one's always been easy for me.

    I say: FEW-Ree (as in furious or fury but NOT furry)

    Plus: ON-dee

    This is my take on it, though. But I always thought it made sense this way.
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    Thu May 27, 2004 9:15 pm  
    Re: GH Pronouciation

    Baggins wrote:
    I'm not sure if this has been covered in articles before.

    How do you pronouce:

    Nyr Dyv
    Dyvers
    Pale
    Medegia
    Erehli Cinlu

    lich
    drow
    bullywug

    These are just some off the top of my head. People are welcome to add their own.

    Thanks.


    Well, let's see here's my take on a few of these

    Nyr Dyv I say as "Near DIV" the 'Dyv' as in 'divide'
    Dyvers as "DIE-vers" with the 'vers' as pronounced in versitile

    Heh
    Lich? I've always pronounced that as rhyming with...well...I'll just say a dog of the female persuasion as I wish not to have Admin wrath smote upon me.

    For drow, I think I recall there being two common pronunciations. I say "dr-OW" the 'ow' as in "OW! I've stepped on a D4!!!"
    But isn't there also drow with the 'row' pronounced like 'row, row, row your boat?'

    Here's one I'd like to add as far as creatures. I'm sure some of you saw this one coming a mile away.....How do you pronounce Ixitxachitl? Shocked I remember reading the pronunciation in a Dragon Magazine, I think, but have long since forgotten.

    I also remember seeing two pronunciations for Iuz. One literally as saying "Eye USE" the 'use' as in 'use the phone' but I say it as "Eye-You-Zee" Is that a correct and accepted pronunciation, or some wrong attempt at a pronunciation that just stuck in our circle? Because you know, some of us, at least confidently speaking for myself, probably have some of this stuff pronounced so far off the mark it's hilarious.

    Another I'd like to ask in all seriousness because I have no idea how to say it, is Zagig's surname. Yragerne Everytime I see it I want to say "EAR-gain" but I'm positive that's not it.

    Very fun topic Baggins.

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    Thu May 27, 2004 10:03 pm  
    Re: GH Pronouciation

    Tedra wrote:

    Here's one I'd like to add as far as creatures. I'm sure some of you saw this one coming a mile away.....How do you pronounce Ixitxachitl? Shocked I remember reading the pronunciation in a Dragon Magazine, I think, but have long since forgotten.


    Have you got the 2E Monstrous Compendium (vol. 1 or 2; or maybe Monstrous Manual)? In there, I'm pretty sure they have a pronouciation.

    Tedra wrote:

    I also remember seeing two pronunciations for Iuz. One literally as saying "Eye USE" the 'use' as in 'use the phone' but I say it as "Eye-You-Zee" Is that a correct and accepted pronunciation, or some wrong attempt at a pronunciation that just stuck in our circle? Because you know, some of us, at least confidently speaking for myself, probably have some of this stuff pronounced so far off the mark it's hilarious.


    I actually pronouce this: Eye-Uzz. I don't know what the official pronouciation is, though.

    Tedra wrote:

    Another I'd like to ask in all seriousness because I have no idea how to say it, is Zagig's surname. Yragerne Everytime I see it I want to say "EAR-gain" but I'm positive that's not it.


    At the moment I say EAR-ah-gern because it's not so much of a tongue-twist. Smile
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    Fri May 28, 2004 4:06 am  

    Here's a list of pronunciations that I found someplace and have stored as a .txt file. Hope it doesn't open another can of wyrms [sic]:

    Aarakocra = a-rah-KO-krah
    Arquebus = AR-keh-bus (like "Masque of the Red Death")
    Bardiche = bar-DEESH
    Bulette = boo-LAY
    Catoblepus = kuht-OH-bleh-puhs, also kah-TA-ble-pus
    Chatkcha = CHAT-k-cha [Thri-keen throwing weapon]
    Chimaera = ky-MAEE-ruh, or ky-MAI-ruh (rhymes with "care of")
    Chimera = ky-MIER-uh, or kuh-MIER-uh ("MIER" rhymes with pier)
    Chitin = KITE-in
    Cuirass = KWEE-rass
    Drow = DROU (as in drowsy), (however, DROH is often heard anyway)
    Dweomer = DWEH-mer (rhymes with "hem her"), or DWIH-mer
    Falchion = FAL-shee-on
    FAQ = FACK, eff-ay-cue, or, as I heard on rec.arts.comics.xbooks,
    fuh-cue
    Geas = GEE-****, or GYASS (both with a hard "g")
    Gygax = GY-gaks
    Halberd = HAL-berd, (not HAL-bread)
    Herb = ERB
    Ioun = EYE-oon
    Iuz = YOOZ, or EE-uz
    Ixixachitl = iks-it-ZATCH-i-til, or ik-zit-zah-chih-tull
    Lich = LITCH (as in ditch), *not* LIKE or LICK
    Lycanthrope = LY-kun-throhp, LY-kan-throhp (like lichen rope/my tan
    rope)
    Lycanthropy = ly-KAN-thruh-pee
    Mage = MAGE (as in age), *not* MADGE (as in badger)
    Mana = MA-nah (MA = as in cat), MAH-nah
    Melee = Either MAY-lay (preferred), may-LAY, or meh-LAY
    Otyugh = AHT-yuhg
    Palladium = puh-LAY-dee-um
    Sahuagin = sah-HWAh-gin
    Svirfneblin = svirf-NEB-lin
    Tarrasque = tar-RASK (like "Masque of the Red Death")
    THAC0 = Either THAK-oh (preferred), or THAKE-oh
    Wyvern = WIH-vern (as in did), or WHY-vern
    Vargouille = var-GWEEL
    Vrock = vrahk
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    Fri May 28, 2004 6:58 am  

    Hi,

    As a Spanish-speaker I find these kind of topic really amusing. Wink When we don't know how to pronounce a word in English, the best is to read it as they are written.

    Saludos,
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    Fri May 28, 2004 11:10 am  
    Re: GH Pronouciation

    Baggins wrote:
    Have you got the 2E Monstrous Compendium (vol. 1 or 2; or maybe Monstrous Manual)? In there, I'm pretty sure they have a pronouciation.


    I don't know which is more frightening. That I didn't check that before hand or that I spelled Ixitxachitl correctly without looking.
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    Fri May 28, 2004 10:08 pm  

    I could have sworn that I read someplace that iuz was officaily pronounced EYE-ooze
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    Sat May 29, 2004 9:35 am  

    There was some good discussion on this subject over on the WotC boards a little while ago:

    http://boards1.wizards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=161674
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    Sun May 30, 2004 8:25 am  

    There was a pronunciation guide in The Adventure Begins IIRC, but for what it's worth, where's my promangluations: :)

    Nyr Dyv - Neer Deev
    Dyvers - DEEV-errs
    Pale - Pail (as in "beyond the Pale" - definately not PA-Ley)
    Medegia - Med-EDGE-ya
    Erehli Cinlu - ERR-elee SIN-loo
    Furyondy - Few-ree-ON-dee
    Iuz - EYE-uzz

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    Sun May 30, 2004 6:34 pm  

    Woesinger wrote:

    Pale - Pail (as in "beyond the Pale" - definately not PA-Ley)


    I say it like you, too. But then I found out that there's actually a real world country or city (in Europe I think) called Pale and it's pronounced: PAH-lay. So this got me doubting.Happy
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    Fri Jun 04, 2004 3:10 pm  

    Just my 2 cents on a small sampling from my own game...

    Nyr Dyv...

    Nyr (N-eye-r) as from Nyrond (N-eye-run-d)

    Dyv (Dive, like off the board) as from Dyvers (divers)

    Now how do you pronounce Ulek?
    You-lick ??? or Oo-leck (as in glue plus neck)???

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    Sat Jun 05, 2004 12:51 am  

    Baggins wrote:
    [I say it like you, too. But then I found out that there's actually a real world country or city (in Europe I think) called Pale and it's pronounced: PAH-lay. So this got me doubting.Happy


    Pale (PAH-lay) is the capital of the Serbian part of Bosnia IIRC. I don't think that's what Gary had in mind though when he named the Theocracy.

    More likely he was referring to the Pale (Pail), which was the area of effective Norman/English control surrounding Dublin, Ireland in the 13th-17th century.

    Hence the phrase "beyond the Pale" meant beyond the limits of English law in Ireland (and was later given a more general meaning of unnacceptable behaviour).

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    Sun Jun 06, 2004 8:34 am  

    I'm fascinated by the various pronunciations of Furyondy. I always thought that it was pronounced Fur (as in fur coat) Yondy (as in yonder).

    Maybe someone could get Gygax to pronounce these words into a tape recorder... Wink
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    Fri Jun 18, 2004 10:51 pm  
    For what it's worth

    I use the following:

    Iuz: like a rural Southerner saying "I was", but slurring it into "I wuz". Example: "I'uz goin' t' town. Y'awnt nyting?".
    Nyr Dyv: Neer Deev
    Nyrond: Neer OND
    Dyvers: More like "a wide variety" than "someone who jumps into a pool".
    Furyondy: fur YAWN dee

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    Sun Jun 20, 2004 7:43 pm  
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    Telas wrote:
    Iuz: like a rural Southerner saying "I was", but slurring it into "I wuz". Example: "I'uz goin' t' town. Y'awnt nyting?".


    Telas, are you from the South? I must ask this, as if you are not, you have a magnificent command of southernese. Wink
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    ...by the Grace of God

    Born in Crockett, Texas (deep dark East Texas, in the Piney Woods), raised in Dallas and Hammond, Louisiana (north of NO, east of BR), college in San Antonio, six months in Mississippi (with time off for good behavior Cool ), five years in Durango, Colorado (bartending for mostly Texans), a stint in the US Army at Ft. Hood, Texas, and life since the last millenium in Austin, Texas.

    I guess I'm 'bout as Southern as one o' them deep-fried twinkies. Happy

    Here's to regional language,

    *toast*

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    Sun Jun 20, 2004 8:21 pm  

    I knew it. "Y'awnt" gave it away. Not many people could have produced that one without serious roots in the South. I know Hammond very well actually. I lived in the tiny hamlet of Albany, LA for a couple of years, right next Hammond. Happy

    So sorry for the thread-jack! Embarassed
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    Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:13 pm  

    i thought that this deserved a "up!"

    very curious about pronunciation..i know, this is a 4 years old topic, but...

    funny thing is that i always have sad "I" as INN" and "UZ as "Youz"

    what about Pelor?
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    Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:04 pm  

    Erelhei Cinlu is the first syllables of Gary’s five children, Ernie, Elise, Heidi, Cindy, and Luke, and would be pronounced: Er el hi sin loo.
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    Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:52 pm  

    rossik wrote:
    what about Pelor?


    Officially, PAY-lor. Rhymes with day-door or fey-lore or claymore.

    I usually say Pee-lor.
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    Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:38 pm  

    rasgon wrote:
    rossik wrote:
    what about Pelor?


    Officially, PAY-lor. Rhymes with day-door or fey-lore or claymore.

    I usually say Pee-lor.


    Ditto.

    Here's a game for those of you who go to conventions:

    Find which authors are going to be signing their latest novel or sourcebook. Go through their material and pick out some of the unpronouncable words. Write them in a sentence. Hand the paper to the author and, as pleasantly as you can, implore him to save your sanity by reading that sentence to you. The results are usually pretty humorous, as long as you aren't getting one of the guys who is full of himself, which is less common than one would assume.
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