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12th Oct '17 11:05:59 PM PaulA
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** The central figure of the novel ''Literature/((Protector}}'' is named Phssthpok. It's pronounced "Nasal-hiss-that-sounds-like-"phsssth"-followed-by-sound-of-hardened-lips-and-gums-snapping-together." Brennan can pronounce it just fine [[spoiler: after his own transformation into a Protector]], but other humans have to approximate it.

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** The central figure of the novel ''Literature/((Protector}}'' ''Literature/{{Protector}}'' is named Phssthpok. It's pronounced "Nasal-hiss-that-sounds-like-"phsssth"-followed-by-sound-of-hardened-lips-and-gums-snapping-together." Brennan can pronounce it just fine [[spoiler: after his own transformation into a Protector]], but other humans have to approximate it.
12th Oct '17 11:05:38 PM PaulA
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** The central figure of the novel ''Protector'' is named Phssthpok. It's pronounced "Nasal-hiss-that-sounds-like-"phsssth"-followed-by-sound-of-hardened-lips-and-gums-snapping-together." Brennan can pronounce it just fine [[spoiler: after his own transformation into a Protector]], but other humans have to approximate it.

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** The central figure of the novel ''Protector'' ''Literature/((Protector}}'' is named Phssthpok. It's pronounced "Nasal-hiss-that-sounds-like-"phsssth"-followed-by-sound-of-hardened-lips-and-gums-snapping-together." Brennan can pronounce it just fine [[spoiler: after his own transformation into a Protector]], but other humans have to approximate it.



** Niven likes giving multi-syllabic names to his characters, within the Known Space universe and outside of it. In the ''Warlock'' series, the eponymous character's real name was made unpronounceable on purpose. His parents summoned a demon who could pronounce things no human could say, had the demon name the boy, then trapped the demon. The idea was that knowing someone's real name gave you power over them, but you had to say the name to use it.

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** Niven likes giving multi-syllabic names to his characters, within * Niven's ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' series features a character known only as the Known Space universe and outside of it. In the ''Warlock'' series, the eponymous character's Warlock. His real name was made unpronounceable on purpose. His parents summoned a demon who could pronounce things no human could say, had the demon name the boy, then trapped the demon. The idea was that knowing someone's real name gave you power over them, but you had to say the name to use it.
10th Oct '17 11:04:33 PM luisedgarf
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* In a similar way, the Polish-Mexican voice actor Idzi Dutkiewicz, whose name is pronounced as "Id-Yee Doot-kie-vich", and for that reason, he's sometimes credited as Idzi Sanchez.
1st Oct '17 9:50:50 AM nombretomado
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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'' parody ''TheIntercontinentalUnionOfDisgustingCharacters'', ''Literature/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.
30th Sep '17 11:21:23 AM kaos42
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** St. Louis, Missouri, has some names that could be seen as unpronounceable. Try-hards new to the St. Louis area are often caught pronouncing even the city’s name with French style. However, the street “Gravois,” for example, would not be pronounced it would in French, but as “Gra-voys.” Other regions (like “Des Peres”) are pronounced “correctly” in French, but most are not. This doesn't even begin to explain the older St. Louis accent, very prevalent on the Hill ("bat tree" instead of battery, or "warsh" instead of wash).

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** St. Louis, Missouri, has some names that could be seen as unpronounceable. Try-hards new to the St. Louis area are often caught pronouncing even the city’s name with French style. However, the street “Gravois,” for example, would not be pronounced it would in French, but as “Gra-voys.“Gra-voy.” Other regions (like “Des Peres”) are pronounced “correctly” in French, but most are not. This doesn't even begin to explain the older St. Louis accent, very prevalent on the Hill ("bat tree" instead of battery, or "warsh" instead of wash).
26th Sep '17 6:24:47 AM BeerBaron
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** 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.

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** The Psijic Order, the series' resident OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness [[TheMagocracy Magocracy]] MagicalSociety 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.it, which seems to have been adopted by the Psijics themselves, at least when speaking to non-Psijics.
16th Sep '17 3:42:13 PM Malady
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** The GreaterHouston area has a street named Kuykendahl. Unless you're a local, you're very unlike to know it's actually pronounced as "Kirk end all" and the first syllable does ''not'' rhyme with guy or boy or any other word that remotely resembles it in spelling.

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** The GreaterHouston [[UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} Greater Houston]] area has a street named Kuykendahl. Unless you're a local, you're very unlike to know it's actually pronounced as "Kirk end all" and the first syllable does ''not'' rhyme with guy or boy or any other word that remotely resembles it in spelling.
7th Sep '17 1:43:44 PM PistolsAtDawn
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* ''Fanfic/DarkAndLightTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'' gives us the shinigami Tioseafj, and when Sayu becomes a shinigami, she changes her name to sA~yU (yes, with a ''tilde'' in it), with no clue how thats supposed to be pronounced.

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* ''Fanfic/DarkAndLightTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'' ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'' gives us the shinigami Tioseafj, and when Sayu becomes a shinigami, she changes her name to sA~yU (yes, with a ''tilde'' in it), with no clue how thats supposed to be pronounced.Tioseafj.
7th Sep '17 1:42:38 PM PistolsAtDawn
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* ''Fanfic/DarkAndLightTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'' gives us the shinigami Tioseafj, and when Sayu becomes a shinigami, she changes her name to sA~yU (yes, with a ''tilde'' in it), with no clue how thats supposed to be pronounced.
30th Aug '17 7:10:31 PM kazokuhouou
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* Many of the Dethklok experts on ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' have named to this effect. It was eventually revealed that Brendon Small made them unpronounceable on purpose just to see if Creator/MarkHamill (who played the senator that introduced them) could do it.

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* Many of the Dethklok experts on ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' have named names to this effect. It was eventually revealed that Brendon Small made them unpronounceable on purpose just to see if Creator/MarkHamill (who played the senator that introduced them) could do it.
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