Baatezu: bay-AH-teh-zu or BAH-teh-zu
Catoblepus: kuht-OH-bleh-puhs, also kah-TA-ble-pus
Chatkcha: CHAT-k-cha (thri-kreen throwing weapon)
Chimera: ky-MAEE-ruh, or ky-MAIR-ruh (rhymes with "care of")
Drow: DRAU (as in drowsy; rhymes with now and how)
Dweomer: DWEH-mer (rhymes with "hem her"), or DWIH-mer; sometimes DWEE-mer
Geas: GEE-ass, or GYASS (both with a hard "g")
Halberd: HAL-berd, (not HAL-bread)
Iuz: YOOZ or EE-uz
Ixitxachitl: 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)
Mage: MAGE (as in age), *not* MADGE (as in badger)
Scythe: syth (rhymes with tithe)
THAC0: either THAK-oh, or THAKE-oh
Wyvern: WIH-vern (as in did learn), or WHY-vern
Here are all the ones I pronounce incorrectly:
Dweomer: dwee-O-merGeas: geez (with hard G, like geezer)
Scythe: I always pronounce it with a K sound, even though I know better.
Did you find anything in here you didn't know about before? Are there any of these pronunciations you would contest? Do you have any that you pronounce differently, and that's just how it is, and you aren't likely to change?
Also, can you find the one in the list that really doesn't fit?ReplyDelete
A couple of their pronunciations are wrong.ReplyDelete
Bulette: It's a common misconception that French words ending in -ette should be pronounced to rhyme with "way". Think: cigarette, corvette.
Dweomer: Old English "eo" is like the sound in the first pronunciation, but with an "o" blended in: DWEH-oh-mer, with the "EH-oh" blended together to almost sound like "aim". Think: Beowulf.
Geas: Gaelic is weird. It's pronounced "gesh".
Melee: close enough, I suppose, but it's more like "MEH-lay" or "meh-LAY".
I also think the stress on "Catoblepas" is wrong, but I'm less sure on that. I'd pronounce it kah-ta-BLEH-puhs, which is your stress pattern, the first half of the second pronunciation, and the second half of the first pronunciation.
Where have you been, under a rock? The correct way to say bulette is boo-lay. Because I said so, because I created it.Delete
I'm glad I'm not alone. I think I'll stick with boo-LETT, because deviating from that kind of offends my sensibilities.ReplyDelete
On a side note, I noticed on the source page that they say OD&D stands for "Old D&D". I got a chuckle out of that.
Lich, in addition to sounding like litch, is also correctly pronounced as 'like' contrary to what they say. It's root is german and old english 'lic' (corpse) which was pronounced 'like.'ReplyDelete