Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I was reading a blog about the pronounciation of various areas and names in WoW and was reminded of something funny. While I sometimes struggle to say names of places, I feel I have a pretty firm grasp on how to say them aloud, as well as the proper way to vocalize player character names that are of greater complexity that Xxxxsephirothxxxx (on a side note, anyone who names a character any variation of "Sephiroth" should be forced to pick another name. Come on people, you can do better than that). It's probably a bit mean of me, but I always take a perverse pleasure in listening to other people butcher WoW names in Vent. The first time I came across this was when my brother was trying to say the name of the Orc/Troll Capital City of Orgrimmar. He had (still has) a terrible time with it. I have no idea why. It got to the point where he'd sound like the giant in all those Disney cartoons: "In Orgama . . Orgrinn . . .Ormagon . . . . . . . Orc Town . . . with green gravy." While I get a chuckle when I think about this (and when my GM tries to say the name of anyone in the guild who he doesn't have a nickname for), it always makes me wonder: what am I saying wrong? Is it really pronounced Oot-gahrd Keep? or am I right in saying You-teh-gahrd? Who knows? I think I'll just type that one from now on.