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    I can pronounce Greenhilt, Starshine, Redcloak, etc, but can't Vaarsuvius, Xykon....Could The Giant give us a pronounce guide?

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    Well, I always figured Vaarsuvius was pronounced like Vesuvius, jsut with an "ar" in place of the initial "e". And Xykon I always thought was "Zie (rhymes with die or fly)- Kon (rhymes with pawn or gone)"
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant
    EE-lin
    HAY-lee
    vahr-SOOV-ee-us
    DUHR-kon
    ROY
    BELL-karr
    ZYE-kon
    NAIL
    sa-BEEN
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    ZIZ-di-tree
    HILL-gee-ya
    DOOR-oo-kon

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    Thanks ;D

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    "EE-lin"? I've been pronouncing it wrong all along! I thought it was "ay-LAN" or "ay-LAHN", as in the actual word:

    é·lan
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    Distinctive style or flair

    I thought it a very bardly name.
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    I read that as SHY-can. Also, bar-SOO-byoos.
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    Hmmm. That doesn't really help. I have almost all of them right, but I'm still not sure for Roy and Thog.
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    Assuming that wasn't sarcasm, "Roy" rhymes with "boy" or "toy", and "Thog" rhymes with "hog" or "smog" or "bog".
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    ...Ok, before I look like a moron, you've got to clarify whether you're kidding or not...those are pretty easy pronunciations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzfloyd
    "EE-lin"? I've been pronouncing it wrong all along! I thought it was "ay-LAN" or "ay-LAHN", as in the actual word:

    é·lan *
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    Distinctive style or flair

    I thought it a very bardly name.
    I still like eh-laan better. To each his own.
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    I've always pronounced Elan as Rich has, ee-lin. *That is because my actual name is very close to his. *My name often gets confused and is often pronounced with an "el-" instead of an "ee-".

    I believe in the English language, ee-lin is the correct pronounciation of the letters in a strict sense. *Obviously, when it comes to names, people have different pronounciations for the same letters and rarely stick to the supposed "correct" pronounciation.

    I believe In order for Elan's name to start with "el-" the spelling would have to be ellan and in order for it the be "é-" it would have to be spelled that way (i.e. élan) or with an "ei-".

    Just my two cents.


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    That wasn't sarcasm, but it wasn't serious either. I was pointing out that, in the pronunciation guide, Roy and Thog are ROY and THOG, where all the others have a difference for phonetic purposes. It just amused me. Thanks for the clarification though Giant.

    In truth, the only one I have been pronouncing different is Elan. I say it, "Ee-laan."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sothicus
    I believe In order for Elan's name to start with "el-" the spelling would have to be ellan and in order for it the be "é-" it would have to be spelled that way (i.e. élan) or with an "ei-".

    Just my two cents.
    Elan is a French word, and capital letters don't normally take an accent in French, even if they would when written lower case.

    Anyway, I'm going to keep pronouncing Elan's name my way in my head, and YOU CAN'T STOP ME!! Mwahahahaha! ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzfloyd
    Anyway, I'm going to keep pronouncing Elan's name my way in my head, and YOU CAN'T STOP ME!! Mwahahahaha! ;)
    I do too. :)

    I know, "it's not the word, it's his name", but naming a character with the same ... string of letters as make up a common word, and then expecting people not to pronounce it the same way *as* the word?

    What next - "This is my fighter Tough, pronounced 'Towg'." ?
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    It's always been EE-lan for me. I don't know how the Giant expects me to get the i in "EE-lin" :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark
    I'd like to introduce you to my barbarian, Ghoti-head.
    I think you should have him marry an Elf princess. There's a fish out of water story if I ever saw one.
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    I always pronounced ELAN as é-laan. But that is just because I'm from Brasil (yes, with an "s", we write it that way).

    And XYKON, was ty-kon in my head

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzfloyd
    Elan is a French word, and capital letters don't normally take an accent in French, even if they would when written lower case.

    Anyway, I'm going to keep pronouncing Elan's name my way in my head, and YOU CAN'T STOP ME!! Mwahahahaha! ;)
    Oh, absolutely... you can pronounce it as "John" for all I really care. We were just talking about pronouniations of their names in general and I was assuming an English translation.

    And I agree with you, that the name wouldn't have the accent-au-gauche (er, wait... droit? I forget... been to long) due to the fact that it is a capitalized name.

    However, in the English language, we often add that mark to recognize it as a non-English name. Since it didn't have that mark, I assumed the only thing that I could with regards to which language names came from.

    Just to be clear, I also understand that Miko is pronounced "Mee-ko" and not "My-ko" for two reasons. One, that I understand Japanese pronounciation (as I do French) as well as the fact that Roy brought up the question about JApanese name (to which she answered, "What is Japan"). However that put in my mind that it is intended to be pronounced as a Japanese name, not as an English name.


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    well, for me it was

    Xy-con like Xylophone and Convention
    Vaarsuvius like Vesuvius and a Dutch-sounding a
    Elan like Alan, just the vocal a bit lighter
    Haley like Hail-ey
    Roy like Royal
    Zz'dtri like ZZ like Bee sounds and then d-tri, the d spoken like as it is spelled
    Belkar like bell-car
    Dorukan like I would pronounce it in German, what would sound like "Doh-ruuh-khan"
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    i always pronouced E-lahn, i suppose that just me...
    and Miko was always Mee-co...
    It's interesting to know i've been pronocing Varrsuvius right though ;)
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    Elan is not an uncommon name, though I'll admit I've never before seen it on a male.

    ə-LAN

    Xykon I always thought was pronounced like Xyklon, the German word for cyclone (and a rather infamous gas).

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    Okay, so the board doesn't like phonetic symbols.

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    I always pronouced the name as ell(L)-awn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sothicus
    I believe in the English language, ee-lin is the correct pronounciation of the letters in a strict sense. *Obviously, when it comes to names, people have different pronounciations for the same letters and rarely stick to the supposed "correct" pronounciation.
    No, that would be 'ee-lahn'. In the strictest sense. Seeing as it's an A and not an I.

    Of course, there are no hard rules for pronounciations in normal English--you have to use phonetic symbols for that. There's absolutely nothing wrong with 'ee-lin'.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sothicus
    I believe In order for Elan's name to start with "el-" the spelling would have to be ellan and in order for it the be "é-" it would have to be spelled that way (i.e. élan) or with an "ei-".
    English words rarely have accents. In fact, I can't think of any.

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    Melée is one that's been grandfathered in.

    Here we go: eh-lahn is the way, I guess.

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    It's so hard not to pronounce elan like the French word... because he *does* have so much elan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flak_Razorwill
    Melée is one that's been grandfathered in. *
    Actually, that's "mêlée". You can also write it "melee" with absolutely no difference (aside from the pronounciation).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Szar Lakol
    English words rarely have accents. In fact, I can't think of any.
    Well you can write "cafe" and other French-originating words with accents if you want, but nobody really cares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arian

    I do too. *:)

    I know, "it's not the word, it's his name", but naming a character with the same ... string of letters as make up a common word, and then expecting people not to pronounce it the same way *as* the word?
    I, personally, thought it was like the word, but in all fairness, it's not really that common a word, is it?

    In english speaking countries, I mean.
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    Naming characters after words has happened before (bilbo) and I have always prononced elans name as ee-Lahn.

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