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22nd Apr '18 12:05:00 PM DanteVin
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* In ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'', Zooey's actual name isn't properly pronounceable by humanoid vocal chords. However, she dislikes being called Grand Order, and when meeting the party eventually hits on "Zooey" as a compromise for a name, being a series of sounds reasonably close to part of her proper name.
16th Apr '18 10:48:28 PM JackG
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* In the film adaptaiton of ''Literature/TheFourthProtocol'', Creator/MichaelCaine's character and his son amuse themselves trying to pronounce the names of Soviet and Eastern European visitors to the UK.

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* In the film adaptaiton adaptation of ''Literature/TheFourthProtocol'', Creator/MichaelCaine's character and his son amuse themselves trying to pronounce the names of Soviet and Eastern European visitors to the UK.
16th Apr '18 10:47:08 PM JackG
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* In the film adaptaiton of ''Literature/TheFourthProtocol'', Creator/MichaelCaine's character and his son amuse themselves trying to pronounce the names of Soviet and Eastern European visitors to the UK.
16th Apr '18 8:39:47 PM BreadBull
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Curiously, these same unpronounceable names can almost always still be ''written'' in the Latin alphabet: [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu]], [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Mxyzptlk]], [[Literature/{{Discworld}} WxrtHltl-jwlpklz]]. (Of course, there is no guarantee that what is written down sounds anything like the actual pronunciation - "bark" and "woof" don't isn't exactly what a dog sounds like, but is the closest we can get.) They are more commonly seen [[{{novel}} in print]] than on screen, since most actors are not stunt linguists. When they do appear on TV, if the character is friendly they'll get called something [[SomeCallMeTim easier to say]]. Giving someone who is ''supposed'' to be awe-inspiring and mysterious a shortened and silly nickname is also a way of humanizing them -- or even humiliating them, if they're a bad guy.

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Curiously, these same unpronounceable names can almost always still be ''written'' in the Latin alphabet: [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu]], [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Mxyzptlk]], [[Literature/{{Discworld}} WxrtHltl-jwlpklz]]. (Of course, there is no guarantee that what is written down sounds anything like the actual pronunciation - "bark" and "woof" don't isn't exactly what a dog sounds like, but is the closest we can get.) They are more commonly seen [[{{novel}} in print]] than on screen, since most actors are not stunt linguists. When they do appear on TV, if the character is friendly they'll get called something [[SomeCallMeTim easier to say]]. Giving someone who is ''supposed'' to be awe-inspiring and mysterious a shortened and silly nickname is also a way of humanizing them -- or even humiliating them, if they're a bad guy.
16th Apr '18 8:39:23 PM BreadBull
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Curiously, these same unpronounceable names can almost always still be ''written'' in the Latin alphabet: [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu]], [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Mxyzptlk]], [[Literature/{{Discworld}} WxrtHltl-jwlpklz]]. They are more commonly seen [[{{novel}} in print]] than on screen, since most actors are not stunt linguists. When they do appear on TV, if the character is friendly they'll get called something [[SomeCallMeTim easier to say]]. Giving someone who is ''supposed'' to be awe-inspiring and mysterious a shortened and silly nickname is also a way of humanizing them -- or even humiliating them, if they're a bad guy.

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Curiously, these same unpronounceable names can almost always still be ''written'' in the Latin alphabet: [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu]], [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Mxyzptlk]], [[Literature/{{Discworld}} WxrtHltl-jwlpklz]]. (Of course, there is no guarantee that what is written down sounds anything like the actual pronunciation - "bark" and "woof" don't isn't exactly what a dog sounds like, but is the closest we can get.) They are more commonly seen [[{{novel}} in print]] than on screen, since most actors are not stunt linguists. When they do appear on TV, if the character is friendly they'll get called something [[SomeCallMeTim easier to say]]. Giving someone who is ''supposed'' to be awe-inspiring and mysterious a shortened and silly nickname is also a way of humanizing them -- or even humiliating them, if they're a bad guy.
7th Apr '18 4:47:22 AM Hanz
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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', the main character is given the name Connor by his mentor because he finds the name Ratohnhaké:ton way too troublesome to pronounce. Similarly, Connor's mother will tell others with trouble pronouncing her name to just call her Ziio.

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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', the main character is given the name Connor by his mentor because he finds the name Ratohnhaké:ton way too troublesome to pronounce.pronounce as well as to better blend into colonial society. Similarly, Connor's mother will tell others with trouble pronouncing her name to just call her Ziio.
24th Mar '18 7:05:47 AM StFan
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Tau are said to have names effectively unpronounceable in Imperial Gothic, the humans' lingua franca of the setting. This is somewhat ironic as far as the symbolism is concerned, considering that the Tau are the idealists of the setting and are mostly immune to its daemonic menaces.\\
Tau lanquage however isn't nearly as hard to pronounce as some other examples. It is however quite different from the human lanquage, consisting of long flowing series of syllables. An example of a Tau name would be Shas'O Vior'La O'Kais Mont'Yr O'Shovah (meaning Commander Farsight, the skilled and the bloodied, of the sept Vior'La).

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** The Tau are said to have names effectively unpronounceable in Imperial Gothic, the humans' lingua franca of the setting. This is somewhat ironic as far as the symbolism is concerned, considering that the Tau are the idealists of the setting and are mostly immune to its daemonic menaces.\\
Tau lanquage however language, however, isn't nearly as hard to pronounce as some other examples. It is however quite different from the human lanquage, language, consisting of long flowing series of syllables. An example of a Tau name would be Shas'O Vior'La O'Kais Mont'Yr O'Shovah (meaning Commander Farsight, the skilled and the bloodied, of the sept Vior'La).



*** The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' book series, ''Literature/MalusDarkblade'', goes a little further with TheUnpronounceable nature of Daemon names. At one point, Malus is attempting to convince T'zarkan, the daemon possessing him, to tell him its true name; T'zarkan replies that it wouldn't do Malus any good since he doesn't have the mouth parts required to pronounce it properly to begin with.

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*** ** The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' book series, ''Literature/MalusDarkblade'', goes a little further with TheUnpronounceable nature of Daemon names. At one point, Malus is attempting to convince T'zarkan, the daemon possessing him, to tell him its true name; T'zarkan replies that it wouldn't do Malus any good since he doesn't have the mouth parts required to pronounce it properly to begin with.



** Dragons. Crack open ''Races of The Dragon'' or ''The Draconomicon'' and you will see that damn near everything that flies and breathes fire or some other breath weapon in those books will have a name that is nigh unpronounceable. Most non-dragons tend to use a nickname or {{reporting name|s}} for them.
** R.A. Salvatore's ''Sellswords'' series has the dragon colloquially known as Hephaestus. His real name is Velcuthimmorhar. Also by R.A. Salvatore, [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]] [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard of D'aermon Na'shez'baernon]]. It seems not even Salvatore himself is entirely sure how to pronounce it. (For the record, it's officially "Drist".)

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** Dragons. Crack open ''Races of The the Dragon'' or ''The Draconomicon'' and you will see that damn near everything that flies and breathes fire or some other breath weapon in those books will have a name that is nigh unpronounceable. Most non-dragons tend to use a nickname or {{reporting name|s}} for them.
** R.A. Salvatore's ''Sellswords'' series has the dragon colloquially known as Hephaestus. His real name is Velcuthimmorhar. Also by R.A. Salvatore, [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]] [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard of D'aermon Na'shez'baernon]]. It seems not even Salvatore himself is entirely sure unsure how to pronounce it. (For the record, it's officially "Drist".)



* The side-comic "Tempts Fate" from ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' has a brilliant subversion. There is a dragon who's name coincides with the ''D&D'' dragons being unpronounceable, but to the point that if you utter it, any who hear it would be sent to the abyss. The dragon elects to destroy him instead.

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* The side-comic "Tempts Fate" from ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' has a brilliant subversion. There is a dragon who's whose name coincides with the ''D&D'' dragons being unpronounceable, but to the point that if you utter it, any who hear it would be sent to the abyss. The dragon elects to destroy him instead.



* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Tagon's Toughs employ a chef by the name of "Ch'vorthq."
-->'''Pronunciation note''': Chef Ch'vorthq's name is pronounced as follows: start with the hard "CH" as in "china," rather than the soft "CH" from "chevrolet." Now make the sound of an expensive piece of china being struck by a moving chevrolet--that noise is represented with the apostrophe. The rest is easy. Say "vorthq" with the soft "th" from the word "the" and a "q" like in "qetzlcouatl." The [[FootnoteFever footnote]] from http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20000725.html

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
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Tagon's Toughs employ a chef by the name of "Ch'vorthq."
-->'''Pronunciation note''':
"Ch'vorthq".
--->'''Pronunciation note:'''
Chef Ch'vorthq's name is pronounced as follows: start with the hard "CH" as in "china," rather than the soft "CH" from "chevrolet." Now make the sound of an expensive piece of china being struck by a moving chevrolet--that chevrolet -- that noise is represented with the apostrophe. The rest is easy. Say "vorthq" with the soft "th" from the word "the" and a "q" like in "qetzlcouatl." "[[note]] The [[FootnoteFever footnote]] from http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20000725.htmlhtml[[/note]]



** 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 [[spoiler:he gains power from his [[IKnowYourTrueName name]] being said, so the gods changed it from Kozoaku to weaken him]].
20th Mar '18 4:15:38 AM Grounogeos
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*** The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' book series, ''Literature/MalusDarkblade'', goes a little further with TheUnpronounceable nature of Daemon names. At one point, Malus is attempting to convince T'zarkan, the daemon possessing him, to tell him its true name; T'zarkan replies that it wouldn't do Malus any good since he doesn't have the mouth parts required to pronounce it properly to begin with.
12th Mar '18 11:17:36 PM intastiel
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* In ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'', the PhysicalGod commonly known as Tri'nagore has the full name Tristangrascalaticrunagore, which poses quite a problem for someone attempting a lengthy SummoningRitual that requires the full name be spoken -- many times, with perfect pronunciation.
11th Mar '18 3:12:36 PM rjd1922
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* Music/{{Prince}}, when his name consisted of nothing but a symbol.
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