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What are the common mispronouciations related to 40K you commonly encounter?

To start things off, I used to know this kid at school called Nick Drew. A proper weener. He couldn't pronounce the word "genestealers" without firing a shower of spittle in every direction. Its hard to type how he said it.

Geneschtealersh is probably the closest i'll come without learning russian.

Anyway, you heard of any others that made you giggle?
 

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Tzeentch
C'tan
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Well, there are quite a few that are either mispronounced, or that simply are not clearly understood, and thus allow for multiple pronunciations without an indication of which is correct.
 

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Macragge.

it's Mack-rag or ma-crag

not mac-raggy, not mack-er-arj, not mack-rage etc etc

oh yeah, one did make me laugh, a kid came down and said
"i've got to get some chase space marines."
"chase space marines?"
"yeah"
"like, fast ones?"
"i dont know, my friend told me to get some chase space marines"
"well, we've got these awesome jet pack dudes (assault marines)"
"no no, they've got spikes and stuff"
"ohh... Chaos marines..."
"yeah, chase marines"
 

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I hear people pronounce Tzeentch with the T being separate quite a few times. Makes me laugh every time. Also overheard one dude calling Sisters Repentia "the Sisters Rappelling".
 

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I don;t know if it;s mispronounced or not, but I find it irksome when someone pronounces nods as "Tie-Ran-ids" instead of "Teer-A-Nids"

I've got a friend who pronounces "Scythes" as "Sky-thees" insted of "Sigh-ths"

There's the old "Lass" vs "Laze" debate
 

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I pronounce c'tan as K'tan. I thought it was the correct way.

I also have a friend who insists on Nurgle = NergAl, because of the Babylonian god/daemon of that name. He insists he's pronouncing it correctly and that GW spelled it wrong ;-)

I pronounce Baal as "Ball" because it's funnier that way (and still an accepted alternate pronunciation), though some prefer Ba'al
 

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I find it irksome when someone pronounces nods as "Tie-Ran-ids" instead of "Teer-A-Nids"
Really? I'm the other way around. They are the Nids of Tyran, not Terra after all.

I know a guy who leaves the "n" out of Tzeentch, and pronounces it "Zeetch"
I've also come across people talking about the "nes-rons" a couple of times.

But the most annoying for me is when I see Latin being brutalised. I speak latin. I know who it's pronounced. And I know some things, like the Vox-Caster are probably meant to be pronounced like "vox" but I KNOW it should be "wox". And I've heard people say "office-o" assassinorum instead of "ofik-ee-oo" assassinorum. Or Adeptus "Ar-bites" instead of "Ar-bit-tes". I'm aware that most people can't speak Latin, but it drives me nuts.:threaten:
 

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Do you pronounce 'tyranny' "Tie-ran-ee" or "Teer-a-nee"?
Comes from the root of Tyrant, which is pronounced 'Tie-rant' but you pronounce it with a soft Y-sound, like the norse got Tyr

Vox-Caster *is* meant to be pronounced with the V. It comes from the root of Voice which is Vox. (Like in your Magnavox TV set ;-) )

Officio is 'off-iss-ee-o' the C is an S sound, like in 'official'

Remember, Imperial Gothic isn't exactly the same as Latin, it's sort of the mutant baby of Latin and English, corrupted over the course of fourty thousand years.
 

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I pronouce it "Tie-ran-ee" which is probably why I talk about "tie-ran-ids". I supose it does rest on your pronouceation of "Tyrant".

Yeah, yeah, I know Galahad, the vast majority of the world doesn't speak Latin, but when I see a latin word, it's normal for me to pronounce it Latin style. There are no soft c's in latin, and all v's are pronouced as w's.

High Gothic isn't bastardised Lain and Low gothic isn't English/French/German/Spainish etc though. GW have said on a number of occasions the language of the Imperium is completely different, and they only use Latin and English/French/German/Spainish etc. to represent those two languages. It thus should have proper latin pronoucation. Of course, I realise I have to accept that no one else but me and a few others know what "correct" pronoucation is, and that means that the*correct* is really what most people think is right, but I don't have to be happy about it.
 

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Tyrant and Tyranical I pronounce with the hard Y, Tyranny and Tyranid I pronounce with the soft Y.

It could be a matter of local dialect. Tyranny and Tyranid are very similar sounding words. Ifyou pronounce Tyranny one way you'll pronounce Tyranid that way, ans to me Tie-ranny and Tie-ranid just sound...awkward or bulky. I can't really put a finger on it. It just sounds smoother my way.

Likewise, offisseeo rolls off my tongue more smoothy than offikeeo

And when I'm hurt, I want to see a 'Fissishon', rather than a 'Fissikion' and Albert Einstein was a 'Fisseesist' and not a 'Fissikist'

May not be 'proper' but it sounds better to me ;-)
 

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I used to have to shout at a friend cause he kept calling Comissar Yarrick Commissioner Yarrick till i forced the imperial guard codex down his throat :p not literally.
 

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We always get into the Laz/Laze/Lass debate when we play. We usually settle it by who can drink a beer the fastest.
 

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Tyrant and Tyranical I pronounce with the hard Y, Tyranny and Tyranid I pronounce with the soft Y.

It could be a matter of local dialect. Tyranny and Tyranid are very similar sounding words. Ifyou pronounce Tyranny one way you'll pronounce Tyranid that way, ans to me Tie-ranny and Tie-ranid just sound...awkward or bulky. I can't really put a finger on it. It just sounds smoother my way.

Likewise, offisseeo rolls off my tongue more smoothy than offikeeo

And when I'm hurt, I want to see a 'Fissishon', rather than a 'Fissikion' and Albert Einstein was a 'Fisseesist' and not a 'Fissikist'

May not be 'proper' but it sounds better to me ;-)
I think the root of Tyranid is Tyranosaurus rather than tyrant directly (Rick Priestly used to go on about it a lot), so you should say them the same. If you're a Brit, you usually say 'tie-rant' but you say 'tirr-any', and pronounce 'tirr-ano-saurus' the same. I believe most Americans also say 'tie-rant' and 'tirr-any', but say 'tie-ran-o-saurus'. Make of that what you will.

@ Pyro (or is it 'peero'?) I share your pain. Still, 'High Gothic' isn't supposed to be an analogy for Classical Latin, it's an analogy for Dog Latin. And most Cardinals would say 'patchay' not 'pahkey', 'oefeesyo' not 'offikio', and 'Tshayzar' not 'Kaiser'. We just have to grit our teeth and bear it, I suppose...

@ Galahad... physics is Greek, dude. :wink:

BTW, I've always (always? on the like 6 occasions I've ever said it) said K-tan. Didn't know it was Greek too... (it's not really "Stan" is it? Sounds far less scary... "I'm 82 million, you know... young folks today, they don't know they're born... not like in my day, when everything was in black and white..." etc etc)

 

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Considering how GW likes to take real world references and tweak them hard enough to draw blood when making army backgrounds, is it any wonder that many of the more common unit/wargear names are difficult to pin down?
 

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Well yeah. All sorts of stuff is badly done linguistically. "Emperor" and "Imperator" Titans. "Incubi" as a singular (ooooh! Rage!) and my personal favourite, "Codexes" THAT ISN'T A [email protected] WORD!

Don't get me wrong, I have no problems with people making up new words. I like new words. I just don't like badly-spelled and mispronounced/understood old words. "Incubus/Incubi"; "Codex/Codices". It's quite simple...

Still, what can you do? Try to complain, and the Inquisition comes round, kicks your door in, Plasma-guns your family and exterminates your planet...

 

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I call sisters of battle exorcists exercise just to annoy my mate but he usually calls my dreadnought a dead-nought.
 

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"Codexes" THAT ISN'T A [email protected] WORD!
I concur with this statment.

Good to know there's another angry latin nut out there to, Red. We're a dying breed...

Although, to be honest, when I started playing, I talked about "commisioners" and "Kho-arn" and "Lemon Russes". I corrected myself before I embrassed myself to the general public, though.
 

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Yeah, I'm a stickler for 'Codices' as well
Though I'm fine with "'Dex" or "'Dexes"

As for Physics...well, it;s all Greek to me anyway ;-P
 
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