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1st May '16 11:18:03 AM Pseudoname
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* In ''Webcomic/AtomicRobo'', Doctor Dinosaur's real name is H'ssssk. This is yet another reason for Robo to slam his head into the wall while talking to him.
29th Apr '16 11:19:34 PM Ajoura
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* As a general note for examples below: Slavic languages and languages from the Caucasus (Georgian, Chechyen, etc.) permit very long consonant clusters, which are often hard to pronounce for nonnative speakers, and are usually half-assed even by natives. Take, for example, the Russian word ''vzglyat''[[note]]"look" or "glance", also "eyeglasses" in some dialects[[/note]] or Georgian ''gvprtskvni''[[note]]"you peel us"; as a metaphor it means "you're making us spend a lot of money".[[/note]]. Even Germanic languages suffer from this from time to time, as many of them can slap words together; German "Angstschweiß" [[note]]"sweating caused by fear"[[/note]] is an extreme example, jamming 8 consonants together (but only four pronounced at once because they're split between two syllables), but the Dutch word ''slechtstschrijvend'' [[note]]"writing the worst"[[/note]] tops it with 9 consonants!

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* As a general note for examples below: Slavic languages and languages from the Caucasus (Georgian, Chechyen, etc.) permit very long consonant clusters, which are often hard to pronounce for nonnative speakers, and are usually half-assed even by natives. Take, for example, the Russian word ''vzglyat''[[note]]"look" ''vzglyad''[[note]]"look" or "glance", also "eyeglasses" in some dialects[[/note]] or Georgian ''gvprtskvni''[[note]]"you peel us"; as a metaphor it means "you're making us spend a lot of money".[[/note]]. Even Germanic languages suffer from this from time to time, as many of them can slap words together; German "Angstschweiß" [[note]]"sweating caused by fear"[[/note]] is an extreme example, jamming 8 consonants together (but only four pronounced at once because they're split between two syllables), but the Dutch word ''slechtstschrijvend'' [[note]]"writing the worst"[[/note]] tops it with 9 consonants!
14th Apr '16 12:20:26 PM matteste
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* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVFinal'', whenever someone speaks YHVH's name, it's garbled in the voice acting. [[spoiler:Surely enough, YHVH makes his return in this game]].

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* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVFinal'', ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', whenever someone speaks YHVH's name, it's garbled in the voice acting. [[spoiler:Surely enough, YHVH makes his return in this game]].
10th Apr '16 3:42:53 AM morane
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** Croatian is actually pretty phonetic once you learn that č is pronounced as "ch" like "Charlie",ć as "ts",,đ like "sh" and d like "j". The punctuation defines how a particular letter is pronounced.

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** *** Croatian is actually pretty phonetic once you learn that č is pronounced as "ch" like "Charlie",ć as "ts",,đ "ts", like "sh" and d like "j". The punctuation defines how a particular letter is pronounced. Unfortunately, the distinct lack of wovels does not make things easier.
10th Apr '16 3:40:40 AM morane
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** Croatian is actually pretty phonetic once you learn that č is pronounced as "ch" like "Charlie",ć as "ts",,đ like "sh" and d like "j". The punctuation defines how a particular letter is pronounced.
10th Apr '16 3:36:35 AM morane
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See also PunctuationShaker and WordPureeTitle. Compare SomeCallMeTim and MyNameIsQuestionMarks.

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See also PunctuationShaker and WordPureeTitle. Compare NoPronunciationGuide, SomeCallMeTim and MyNameIsQuestionMarks.
10th Apr '16 3:29:30 AM morane
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** Subverted on constructed Elvish, Mannish and Dwarven names. Tolkien gives quite neat pronunciation guides in the additions of ''Return of the Kings''. Hence names like ''Telumehtar Umbardacil'' are not only fully pronounceable, but also comprehensible as well.
9th Apr '16 11:53:03 AM Generality
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* Meanwhile in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', also based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', you can meet a guy in a bar whose name is the letter "O". Not an iteration of the letter "O" like the one on your screen, but the ''concept'' of the letter "O". If you convince him to say it, you have a transcendent experience and gain a permanent boost to wisdom.
4th Apr '16 7:24:18 PM merotoker
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*** Oddly enough, there was a second version of his name the original spelling was "Mxyz'''tp'''lk," which was eventually RetConned into a second entity entirely.

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*** Oddly enough, there was a second version of his name the original spelling was "Mxyz'''tp'''lk," which was eventually RetConned {{retcon}}ned into a second entity entirely.



* In the short novel ''Realty Check'', (yes, ''realty'', not ''reality'') the female protagnoist briefly encounters a female alien whose name is written out in random symbols -- somehow she manages to pronounce it, while her {{Love Interest|s}} can only say "Star-Omega." In the same chapter, we discover said alien's lover is under attack by a monster called a ===.

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* In the short novel ''Realty Check'', (yes, ''realty'', not ''reality'') the female protagnoist protagonist briefly encounters a female alien whose name is written out in random symbols -- somehow she manages to pronounce it, while her {{Love Interest|s}} can only say "Star-Omega." In the same chapter, we discover said alien's lover is under attack by a monster called a ===.



** [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Say the X like an S]].

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** [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay Say the X like an S]].



** The demon K'Z'K, also known as "'The Vowelless One". Commonly called "Kizke" by the main cast of the strip, though he repeatedly indicates this is a completely wrong pronunciation. The fact that it's unpronounceable is actually a plot point; [[spoiler: he gains power from his [[IKnowYourTrueName name]] being said, so the gods changed it from Kozoaku to weaken him.]]

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** The demon K'Z'K, also known as "'The Vowelless One". Commonly called "Kizke" by the main cast of the strip, though he repeatedly indicates this is a completely wrong pronunciation. The fact that it's unpronounceable is actually a plot point; [[spoiler: he gains power from his [[IKnowYourTrueName name]] being said, so the gods changed it from Kozoaku to weaken him.]]him]].



** A famous place in Wales is known by the name [=LlanfairPG=] or Llanfairpwyll. The full name looks like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UK_longest_railway_sign.jpg this]].[[note]]The full name is a marketing tool, the reason it's known as [=LlanfairPG=] is because it's original name is Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll[[/note]]. {{Defied}} by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHxO0UdpoxM this British weatherman]], who stunned everyone by actually pronouncing the full name properly on live TV (even native Welsh speakers can have a tough time with this name).

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** A famous place in Wales is known by the name [=LlanfairPG=] or Llanfairpwyll. The full name looks like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UK_longest_railway_sign.jpg this]].[[note]]The full name is a marketing tool, the reason it's known as [=LlanfairPG=] is because it's original name is Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll[[/note]]. {{Defied}} {{Defied|Trope}} by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHxO0UdpoxM this British weatherman]], who stunned everyone by actually pronouncing the full name properly on live TV (even native Welsh speakers can have a tough time with this name).



* Back in the 1970s and early 80s, if you were a member of the Swedish pop group {{ABBA}} and your name wasn't Benny Andersson, the chances were pretty good that the next non-Scandinavian broadcast journalist to interview you would butcher at least part of your name.

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* Back in the 1970s and early 80s, if you were a member of the Swedish pop group {{ABBA}} Music/{{ABBA}} and your name wasn't Benny Andersson, the chances were pretty good that the next non-Scandinavian broadcast journalist to interview you would butcher at least part of your name.
2nd Apr '16 10:45:12 AM finalsurvivor1
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* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVFinal'', whenever someone speaks YHVH's name, it's garbled in the voice acting. [[spoiler:Surely enough, YHVH makes his return in this game]].
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