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16th Jul '17 5:39:01 AM StFan
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* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'': Marik can't pronounce the name of [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Akhnaten/Akunadan/Just Forget It]] [[Disney/TheLionKing (Hakuna Matata?)]]. He eventually decides to just call him "Bob".
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
** Nobody seems to be able to pronounce the Japanese name for Piccolo's "Special Beam Cannon" ("''Makankosappo''"), including Piccolo himself.
--->"''Makansa... Makakasappa... Makasappa'' -- Ah to hell with it, ''Special Beam Cannon!!''"
** Cell managed to say it properly, leading Kami to remark "Oh, so ''that's'' how you pronounce it."
** ''Dragonball Kai Abridged'' episode 1 rendered it as "Makansapparappaka!!"
** The joke continues in ''VideoGame/DragonballXenoverse'' with Male Voice #8 (a.k.a. "[[AscendedMeme Abridged Nappa]]"), which pronounces it "Makansappalopolis!"



* ''Film/PetesDragon1977'': a RunningGag has the villain utterly unable to pronounce the name of the town, Passamaquoddy. The name is actually a real Native American tribe in Maine.

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* ''Film/PetesDragon1977'': a A RunningGag has the villain utterly unable to pronounce the name of the town, Passamaquoddy. The name is actually a real Native American tribe in Maine.Maine.
* In ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', Happy Hogan quickly renounces trying to pronounce "Megingjörð", instead just calling it "Thor's belt".



-->'''Q:''' What does a Polish man give his wife on his wedding day that's long and hard?
-->'''A:''' His last name.

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-->'''Q:''' What does a Polish man give his wife on his wedding day that's long and hard?
-->'''A:'''
hard?\\
'''A:'''
His last name.



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* Detective Randall from ''WebAnimation/TheLazerCollection'' is made out the way, with his superior and a helicopter pilot trying and deciding to just call him Detective Randall. [[spoiler:It's revealed that his full name is Randall Octogonapus, as in [[LukeIAmYourFather the son of]] [[BigBad Doctor Octogonapus]]]].
* Fhqwhgads (full name fhqwhgadshgnsdhjsdbkhsdabkfabkveybvf) was the sender of the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail9.html i love you]]. Strong Bad comments that in the time that it took him to say that, he could've painted a picture of a big guy with a knife. "Fhqwhgads" became a RunningGag, with Strong Bad pronouncing it something like "fuh-who-goo-gods."
* Subverted in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Reconstruction''. Two characters both with the name Jones, but pronounced in seemingly difficult ways. The first Jones is continually dismayed by the fact that his team mispronounce his name as "Jo-En-Es". To continue the joke a character whose name is thought to be Jones, but is actually pronounced as Jo-En-Es was introduced for one scene.
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* Vilhjalmur Sigurbjornsson from ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''. Given that the medium is written, it might be more apt to call him 'The Unspellable'. Also notable in that his author intentionally picked a name they thought would be as obnoxiously difficult to spell and pronounce as possible.

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* Vilhjalmur Sigurbjornsson from ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''. Given that the medium is written, it might be more apt to call him 'The Unspellable'."The Unspellable". Also notable in that his author intentionally picked a name they thought would be as obnoxiously difficult to spell and pronounce as possible.



* Literature/WhateleyUniverse example: in "Ayla and the Grinch", Phase fought a demon from a hell dimension [[spoiler: and lost]]. The demon was named ''' ''BKCRMWDJVG'' ''' which apparently can't be pronounced properly using a human mouth and throat.
* Detective Randall from ''WebAnimation/TheLazerCollection'' is made out the way, with his superior and a helicopter pilot trying and deciding to just call him Detective Randall.
** [[spoiler: It's revealed that his full name is Randall Octogonapus, as in [[LukeIAmYourFather the son of]] [[BigBad Doctor Octogonapus]]]]
* [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Marik]] can't pronounce the name of [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Akhnaten/Akunadan/Just Forget It]] [[Disney/TheLionKing (Hakuna Matata?)]]. He eventually decides to just call him "Bob".
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', nobody seems to be able to pronounce the Japanese name for Piccolo's "Special Beam Cannon[[note]](Makankosappo)[[/note]]", including Piccolo himself.
-->"''Makansa... Makakasappa... Makasappa''-Ah to hell with it, ''Special Beam Cannon!!''"
** Cell managed to say it properly, leading Kami to remark "Oh, so ''that's'' how you pronounce it."
** ''Dragonball Kai Abridged'' episode 1 rendered it as "Makansapparappaka!!"
** The joke continues in ''VideoGame/DragonballXenoverse'' with Male Voice #8 (aka "[[AscendedMeme Abridged Nappa]]"), which pronounces it "Makansappalopolis!"
* Fhqwhgads (full name fhqwhgadshgnsdhjsdbkhsdabkfabkveybvf) was the sender of the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail9.html i love you]]. Strong Bad comments that in the time that it took him to say that, he could've painted a picture of a big guy with a knife. "Fhqwhgads" became a RunningGag, with Strong Bad pronouncing it something like "fuh-who-goo-gods."

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* Literature/WhateleyUniverse ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' example: in "Ayla and the Grinch", Phase fought a demon from a hell dimension [[spoiler: and lost]]. The demon was named ''' ''BKCRMWDJVG'' ''' which apparently can't be pronounced properly using a human mouth and throat.
* Detective Randall from ''WebAnimation/TheLazerCollection'' is made out the way, with his superior and a helicopter pilot trying and deciding to just call him Detective Randall.
** [[spoiler: It's revealed that his full name is Randall Octogonapus, as in [[LukeIAmYourFather the son of]] [[BigBad Doctor Octogonapus]]]]
* [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Marik]] can't pronounce the name of [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Akhnaten/Akunadan/Just Forget It]] [[Disney/TheLionKing (Hakuna Matata?)]]. He eventually decides to just call him "Bob".
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', nobody seems to be able to pronounce the Japanese name for Piccolo's "Special Beam Cannon[[note]](Makankosappo)[[/note]]", including Piccolo himself.
-->"''Makansa... Makakasappa... Makasappa''-Ah to hell with it, ''Special Beam Cannon!!''"
** Cell managed to say it properly, leading Kami to remark "Oh, so ''that's'' how you pronounce it."
** ''Dragonball Kai Abridged'' episode 1 rendered it as "Makansapparappaka!!"
** The joke continues in ''VideoGame/DragonballXenoverse'' with Male Voice #8 (aka "[[AscendedMeme Abridged Nappa]]"), which pronounces it "Makansappalopolis!"
* Fhqwhgads (full name fhqwhgadshgnsdhjsdbkhsdabkfabkveybvf) was the sender of the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail9.html i love you]]. Strong Bad comments that in the time that it took him to say that, he could've painted a picture of a big guy with a knife. "Fhqwhgads" became a RunningGag, with Strong Bad pronouncing it something like "fuh-who-goo-gods."
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* In the old AD&D parody ''TheIntercontinentalUnionOfDisgustingCharacters'', the heroes plan to trick the BigBad into following them onto the plane of Fordinchuarlikomfterrablaxxuuuuuchh'chh'chh-pt. The last part after the u's sounds like an [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Autobot]] transforming, followed by someone spitting.

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* In the old AD&D ''AD&D'' parody ''TheIntercontinentalUnionOfDisgustingCharacters'', the heroes plan to trick the BigBad into following them onto the plane of Fordinchuarlikomfterrablaxxuuuuuchh'chh'chh-pt. The last part after the u's sounds like an [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Autobot]] transforming, followed by someone spitting.



* ''None'' of the ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' crew can pronounce the name of actor Tone Loc, though its WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic who has the problem first.
** Neither seem to detect the macron above the 'o' in Lōc as his name is displayed and is there for a reason.

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* ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'':
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''None'' of the ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' crew can pronounce the name of actor Tone Loc, though its it's WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic who has the problem first.
** Neither seem to detect the macron above the 'o' "o" in Lōc as his name is displayed and is there for a reason.



* Subverted in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Reconstruction''. Two characters both with the name Jones, but pronounced in seemingly difficult ways. The first Jones is continually dismayed by the fact that his team mispronounce his name as "Jo-En-Es". To continue the joke a character whose name is thought to be Jones, but is actually pronounced as Jo-En-Es was introduced for one scene.
* C'thulu, in the [[http://youtu.be/-DsgZ4JXXB8 first episode]] of the Website/YouTube series "WebVideo/CallsForCthulhu", refuses to help a caller pronounce his name.
-->'''Cthulu:''' Have you got nine tongues? Is your mouth eight feet wide? It's an alien language. Give it up. Your little skinflap of a mouth can't handle it.

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* Subverted in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Reconstruction''. Two characters both with the name Jones, but pronounced in seemingly difficult ways. The first Jones is continually dismayed by the fact that his team mispronounce his name as "Jo-En-Es". To continue the joke a character whose name is thought to be Jones, but is actually pronounced as Jo-En-Es was introduced for one scene.
* C'thulu, in the [[http://youtu.be/-DsgZ4JXXB8 first episode]] of the Website/YouTube series "WebVideo/CallsForCthulhu", ''WebVideo/CallsForCthulhu'', refuses to help a caller pronounce his name.
-->'''Cthulu:''' -->'''C'thulu:''' Have you got nine tongues? Is your mouth eight feet wide? It's an alien language. Give it up. Your little skinflap of a mouth can't handle it.
10th Jul '17 10:32:18 AM BeerBaron
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** Dreugh, a race of [[FishPeople aquatic humanoid octopi]], tend to have names like this along with the use of a PunctuationShaker. Known Dreugh names include Zizzikkiz'Tk and Kra'gh, as well as Dreugh place names like Mor-Galg and Djaf.
6th Jul '17 12:27:19 PM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The Psijic Order, the series' resident OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness [[TheMagocracy Magocracy]] which sometimes steps in to [[TheWorldIsNotReady protect the world from threats it is not ready to handle]], originally had the name "PSJJJJ," which is deliberately unpronounceable. "Psijic" is merely a phonetic transcription of non-Psijic's attempts to pronounce it.
** "Ayalea", a Nymph from the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' in-game book ''A Scholar's Guide to Nymphs'' is, the author admits, merely "a poor phonetic transcription" of her real name, which is "a word that sounds more like a light wind blowing through a small crack in a hollow chamber."
13th Jun '17 11:05:04 PM Nulono
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* You can thank Creator/{{Aristophanes}} for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lopado%C2%ADtemacho%C2%ADselacho%C2%ADgaleo%C2%ADkranio%C2%ADleipsano%C2%ADdrim%C2%ADhypo%C2%ADtrimmato%C2%ADsilphio%C2%ADparao%C2%ADmelito%C2%ADkatakechy%C2%ADmeno%C2%ADkichl%C2%ADepi%C2%ADkossypho%C2%ADphatto%C2%ADperister%C2%ADalektryon%C2%ADopte%C2%ADkephallio%C2%ADkigklo%C2%ADpeleio%C2%ADlagoio%C2%ADsiraio%C2%ADbaphe%C2%ADtragano%C2%ADpterygon this one.]]

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* You can thank Creator/{{Aristophanes}} for [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lopado%C2%ADtemacho%C2%ADselacho%C2%ADgaleo%C2%ADkranio%C2%ADleipsano%C2%ADdrim%C2%ADhypo%C2%ADtrimmato%C2%ADsilphio%C2%ADparao%C2%ADmelito%C2%ADkatakechy%C2%ADmeno%C2%ADkichl%C2%ADepi%C2%ADkossypho%C2%ADphatto%C2%ADperister%C2%ADalektryon%C2%ADopte%C2%ADkephallio%C2%ADkigklo%C2%ADpeleio%C2%ADlagoio%C2%ADsiraio%C2%ADbaphe%C2%ADtragano%C2%ADpterygon org/wiki/Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrimmatosilphioparaomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptekephalliokigklopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetraganopterygon this one.]]
9th Jun '17 3:02:36 PM Irongollum
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** Played straight for Valarin, the language of the godlike Valar. Many names related to Valar and Valinor are actually Elvish adaptations or translations; the original names are much less pronounceable. For example, the original name of vala Aule is ''A3ûlêz'', and the tree Telperion is called ''Ibrîniðilpathânezel'' in Valarin. Then again, Valar do not really need to pronounce these names as they are able to communicate telepathically.
26th May '17 7:16:53 PM DarkHunter
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* Anime English voice actor Creator/VicMignogna often gets jokes about his name being unpronounceable (it's "min-YAH-na"). Parodied mercilessly in an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPxfrKo9AuQ advert for Kami-Con]] made by himself and Creator/LittleKuriboh.


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* Anime English voice actor Creator/VicMignogna often gets jokes about his name being unpronounceable (it's "min-YAH-na"). Parodied mercilessly in an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPxfrKo9AuQ advert for Kami-Con]] made by himself and Creator/LittleKuriboh.
23rd May '17 1:25:31 PM Vanshira
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*** Think you know how Pompeii is pronounced after all those documentaries about Mount Vesuvius? Wrong. Pompeii, Michigan, is pronounced POM-pee-eye.
*** Mackinac is the ultimate test of native versus non-native - whether you pronounce the final C as a K or an S, you're wrong. [[spoiler: It's pronounced as a W.]]
18th May '17 4:09:15 PM StarSword
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* The bonus concert on the deluxe version of Music/{{Sabaton}}'s 2014 album ''Heroes'' has a bit where frontman Joakim Broden complains to the Polish members of the audience how hard to pronounce their city names are.
2nd May '17 5:23:39 PM somerandomdude
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** All of the are put to shame by Ubykh. It features a record high of 84 consonants without featuring click sounds. And as for how many vowels it has? A mere two. It is nothing but [[ShapedLikeItself clusters of consonant clusters.]]
*** While Ubykh does have a ton of consonants, it is actually very restrictive of consonant clusters, very few words have more than two consonants together. It really depends on the language.
26th Apr '17 1:41:47 AM PaulA
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In the mildest version, the character's name is simply [[OverlyLongName unusually long]], set up with a phonetic maze like a TongueTwister, or merely linguistically bizarre even given where it originates; [[Series/DoctorWho Romanadvoratrelundar]], [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Nahasapeemapetilon]], [[Series/CrossingJordan Vijayaraghavensatyanaryanamurthy]], [[Literature/TheZombieKnight Wendissofigelroc]], [[Creator/AlanDeanFoster Abalamahalamatandra]], [[Literature/ArabianNights Scheherazade]]. Pronouncing names like these correctly is a sign of linguistic skill. Mispronouncing them is [[HilarityEnsues allegedly funny]].

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In the mildest version, the character's name is simply [[OverlyLongName unusually long]], set up with a phonetic maze like a TongueTwister, or merely linguistically bizarre even given where it originates; [[Series/DoctorWho Romanadvoratrelundar]], [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Nahasapeemapetilon]], [[Series/CrossingJordan Vijayaraghavensatyanaryanamurthy]], [[Literature/TheZombieKnight Wendissofigelroc]], [[Creator/AlanDeanFoster [[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Abalamahalamatandra]], [[Literature/ArabianNights Scheherazade]]. Pronouncing names like these correctly is a sign of linguistic skill. Mispronouncing them is [[HilarityEnsues allegedly funny]].
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