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16th Jan '17 7:07:22 PM StarSword
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* ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'': In the lightning round on the [[http://www.npr.org/2017/01/14/509820747/lightning-fill-in-the-blanks?sc=tw 14 Jan 2017 show]], Creator/TomHanks (filling in for host Peter Sagal) made a crack about not saying the name of the Polish foreign minister "because it would blow Creator/{{NPR}}'s annual consonant budget".
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14th Jan '17 11:45:25 PM Phys101
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* The Time Patrol Agent in ''VisualNovel/HourglassOfSummer'' has a long unpronounceable name, so she always goes by "Lee Jane".
29th Dec '16 10:41:22 AM MiddleEighth
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*A mild example: The new civilians in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'' are the G'heddi'onians. The four, being [[TheNicknamer nicknamers]], don't even attempt to pronounce it (“Man, what a tongue-twister of a name,” comments Paul) and promptly start calling them Geddies. This is lampshaded several times by people who find it charming that they do this when everyone else is very careful to say it correctly.
**It's pronounced guh-heddy-OH-nee-ans.
**Durothé's tribe is the Tranfardasfamira. And yes, if the four ever had to mention the tribe's name, they would call them the Trannies.
21st Dec '16 6:25:22 PM julietvalcouer
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* Creator/TimothyZahn loves unpronounceable names, both in his own original works and his Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse series. In the latter, at one point during ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' Han Solo mentions the Imperials have attacked three planets -- "Bpfassh, and two unpronounceable ones" -- and even Bpfassh doesn't look that straightforward to say. In ''Literature/OutboundFlight'', Thrawn tries to teach his language to a human, but while the human can hear the difference between his pronunciation and the right one, he can't aspirate right. Thrawn's name seems pretty straightforward, right? Which is probably why Zahn revealed that his full name is Mitth'raw'nuruodo. Good luck!

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* Creator/TimothyZahn loves unpronounceable names, both in his own original works and his Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse series. In the latter, at one point during ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' Han Solo mentions the Imperials have attacked three planets -- "Bpfassh, and two unpronounceable ones" -- and even Bpfassh doesn't look that straightforward to say. In ''Literature/OutboundFlight'', Thrawn tries to teach his language to a human, but while the human can hear the difference between his pronunciation and the right one, he can't aspirate right. Thrawn's name seems pretty straightforward, right? Which is probably why Zahn revealed that his full name is Mitth'raw'nuruodo. His brother's name? Mitth'ras'safis. Good luck!luck!
** And if you think his Franchise/StarWars novels are bad, try books like his ''Literature/TheConquerorsTrilogy'', where you have another pair of siblings: Thrr-gilag and his brother Thrr-mezaz, and their father, Thrr't-rokik.
21st Dec '16 1:41:06 AM HelloLamppost
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* In ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown,'' the subterranean aliens' language consists of subaudible sounds projected through the ground. When dealing with humans, the main character instead goes by the name "Paul."
19th Dec '16 2:26:55 PM AndreaTx
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** Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marc Rzepczynski, pronounced "zhep-chin-ski".

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** Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marc Rzepczynski, pronounced "zhep-chin-ski". His teammates nicknamed him "Scrabble" as a riff on how many less common consonant combinations appear in his name.
8th Dec '16 3:28:44 AM Mhazard
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** Also, it is actually forbidden to Orthodox Jews to pronounce God's real name. When reading the Torah (which is done aloud), one just replaces it with "adonai" meaning Lord (which is translated as all caps "[[CapsLock LORD]]" in King James Version of [[Literature/TheBible]]). This is the source of the word Yehovah, reading YHWH with the vowels from adonai. Filter this through French to get Jehovah, a pronunciation [[HollywoodJehovahsWitness witnessed at front doors worldwide]].

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** Also, it is actually forbidden to Orthodox Jews to pronounce God's real name. When reading the Torah (which is done aloud), one just replaces it with "adonai" meaning Lord (which is translated as all caps "[[CapsLock LORD]]" in some versions of Literature/TheBible, notably King James Version of [[Literature/TheBible]]).Version). This is the source of the word Yehovah, reading YHWH with the vowels from adonai. Filter this through French to get Jehovah, a pronunciation [[HollywoodJehovahsWitness witnessed at front doors worldwide]].
8th Dec '16 3:27:39 AM Mhazard
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* In ''Literature/BookOfExodus'', God refers his name as "[[IAmWhatIAm I am who I am]]", which matches the above description.

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* ** Although the name of the Jewish God is written as YHWH (which looks unpronounceable) that's due to it being a literal transliteration of the name from Hebrew, where it is written without vowels. This doesn't mean there ''are'' no vowels, just that they aren't shown (which is done often in Hebrew; vowel marks weren't added to the written language until the 9th century). However, God may have much longer mystical names (depending on the religious theories and interpretations) of up to seventy-two letters which have been lost at this point; these might fall into this trope.
** Some scholars think that pronunciation of YHWH would actually be all breath sounds, leading to "God is breath/life." Which brings up the question "[[FridgeLogic Can you pronounce breathing]]?"
** Also, it is actually forbidden to Orthodox Jews to pronounce God's real name. When reading the Torah (which is done aloud), one just replaces it with "adonai" meaning Lord (which is translated as all caps "[[CapsLock LORD]]" in King James Version of [[Literature/TheBible]]). This is the source of the word Yehovah, reading YHWH with the vowels from adonai. Filter this through French to get Jehovah, a pronunciation [[HollywoodJehovahsWitness witnessed at front doors worldwide]].
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In ''Literature/BookOfExodus'', God refers his name as "[[IAmWhatIAm I am who I am]]", which matches the above description.



* Although the name of the Jewish God is written as YHWH (which looks unpronounceable) that's due to it being a literal transliteration of the name from Hebrew, where it is written without vowels. This doesn't mean there ''are'' no vowels, just that they aren't shown (which is done often in Hebrew; vowel marks weren't added to the written language until the 9th century). However, God may have much longer mystical names (depending on the religious theories and interpretations) of up to seventy-two letters which have been lost at this point; these might fall into this trope.
** Some scholars think that pronunciation of YHWH would actually be all breath sounds, leading to "God is breath/life." Which brings up the question "Can you pronounce breathing?"
** Also, it is actually forbidden to Orthodox Jews to pronounce God's real name. When reading the Torah (which is done aloud), one just replaces it with "adonai" meaning Lord. This is the source of the word Yehovah, reading YHWH with the vowels from adonai. Filter this through French to get Jehovah, a pronunciation [[HollywoodJehovahsWitness witnessed at front doors worldwide]].
8th Dec '16 3:19:50 AM Mhazard
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* The Hebrew theonym "יהוה‎" (often transliterated as "[[{{God}} YHWH]]" in Latin letters), also known as the Tetragrammaton, is not pronounceable. The name may be derived from a verb that means "to be", "to exist", "to cause to become", or "to come to pass". The closest pronunciations people can come up with are "Yehweh", "Yehovah" or "Jehovah".
* In ''Literature/TheBible'', God refers his name as "[[IAmWhatIAm I am who I mm]]", he also forbids the others from misusing his name or [[AGodAmI proclaiming themselves as one]].

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* The Hebrew theonym "יהוה‎" (often transliterated as "[[{{God}} YHWH]]" in Latin letters), also known as the Tetragrammaton, is not pronounceable.YHWH]]"[[note]]Yodh "Y, I, J, or a vowel"; He "H, silent, or a vowel"; and Waw "W, V, or a vowel". The name may be derived from a verb that means "to be", "to exist", "to cause to become", or "to come to pass". [[/note]] in Latin letters), also known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetragrammaton Tetragrammaton]], is not pronounceable in present days, as the original pronunciation was lost. The closest pronunciations people can come up with are "Yehweh", "Yehovah" or "Jehovah".
"Jehovah". Jewish tradition also forbids the others from [[IKnowYourTrueName misusing his name]].
* In ''Literature/TheBible'', ''Literature/BookOfExodus'', God refers his name as "[[IAmWhatIAm I am who I mm]]", he also forbids am]]", which matches the others from misusing his name or [[AGodAmI proclaiming themselves as one]].above description.
8th Dec '16 3:13:04 AM Mhazard
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* The Hebrew theonym "יהוה‎" (often transliterated as "[[{{God}} YHWH]]" in Latin letters), also known as the Tetragrammaton, is not pronounceable. The name may be derived from a verb that means "to be", "to exist", "to cause to become", or "to come to pass". The closest pronunciations people can come up with are "Yehweh", "Yehovah" or "Jehovah".
* In ''Literature/TheBible'', God refers his name as "[[IAmWhatIAm I am who I mm]]", he also forbids the others from misusing his name or [[AGodAmI proclaiming themselves as one]].
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