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October 30, 2012

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Is this how you like it?

http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=aegis

I remember the Van Hemlock "Moria" thing. Made me scream. And then there was the guys at EQ2-Daily who had problems with "Deity" for a while. Another cringe worthy moment.

Not that they matter at all in the long wrong, but it is amusing how little things like this can drive us nuts.

Alysianah aka Saylah

Aren't we all so touched in the head about what makes us crazy?? LOL

I also remember the EQ2 Daily guys pronouncing deity. I do not deny my preferences in what irks me or not can be rather twisted.

I can go either way with ajis or eejis, it's the hard 'g' that makes me nuts. I was listening to GBTV gang reviewing a Guardian build on Buildcast that was the tipping point for me. :-) Three people saying it that way over and over was more than I could stand.

sleepysam

So, I didn't see the kitten in the picture until the end... For the love of all... please say it correctly - save the kitten.

Tremayne

At the risk of playing devil's advocate here - the original word has a gamma, which back when I studied Ancient Greek at school was ALWAYS to be pronounced as a hard 'g' (stop sniggering - I'm not THAT old, but some few schools here in the UK still offer Ancient Greek as a subject and bully some few of us into studying it). If someone put "alpha iota gamma iota sigma" down in front of me for the first time, I would read it aloud as "EYE-giss".

Alysianah aka Saylah

Good lord, you said that just to kill more kittens, Tremayne. Admit it, you're a kitten killer!

Tremayne

Yup, the kitten gets it! I'm a man who designs call centres for a living, of COURSE I'm a kitten killer! :)

Doesn't mean I'm wrong though :)

Alysianah aka Saylah

Very sorry admitted Kitten Killer, I can find no such pronunciation (hard 'g'). hehe

Stabs

Rock of Aegis,
cleft for me....

Alysianah aka Saylah

Way to go, great example. I think most everyone knows that hymn and it's said "rock of aejis". It's a soft 'G' which is similar to a 'j' sound. Although I find the alternative "eejis" acceptable too like the two variations of saying "either".

mbp

Aren't Tim and John (the Van Hemlock guys) still podcasting over at vanhemlock.com?

Of course sometimes mispronunciation is just a dialect thing but sometimes it is just plain wrong. My own pet gripe is Bioware's rpg Dragon Age. They borrowed liberally from Celtic Lore for many of the character names but they then proceeded to mangle the pronunciations most horribly. Many of these names are still common in Ireland today so it really grated to hear them pronounced wrongly. My brother Eamon for example would cringe to be called Eeeemon (correct pronunciation sounds like Aye-mon).

Tremayne

MBP - for the sake of your blood pressure, stay away from the sylvari in Guild Wars 2. They have a Niamh pronounced "NYE-am"...

Alysianah aka Saylah

Nope, not unless something's wrong with my internet. They transitioned to How to Murder Time but stopped releasing shows in March. I even liked that format. Unfortunately, I see them both still active on their forums but no new shows that I've been able to find. If you have a link to something please do share.

Alysianah aka Saylah

P.S. but Eamon looks like it should be said Eeeemon. Not sure why someone would attempt to say it the other way. hmm.

mbp

Because the other way (Aye-mon) is the correct Gaelic pronunciation.

mbp

Lol, thanks for the warning.

It is funny how many fantasy titles borrow from Celtic mythology. Pity they just can't seem to handle the pronunciation.

Alysianah aka Saylah

Ah, I initially read your statement backward. DOH

Sharaz

Just pronounce it in french : égide with a soft g :)

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