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22nd Sep '16 7:21:44 PM OPALGARNET16
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* In Fanfic/PokemonOpalandGarnet, Clopin the Touceet's name is pretty much this to everyone. Since his name contains a French nasal vowel (he ''is'' named for a character in Disney's version of HunchbackOfNotreDame, after all), he'll often get mispronounciations such as "klop-pin," "kloh-PAN," "kloh-pin," or the like. It's actually "kloh-PAH~n," and the way to get this sound according to Clopin himself is to say the word "pang" out loud. Then, once you've said it, cut off the "-ng" at the end abruptly. Usually, they'll say "kloh-PAY," but Clopin makes it clear to them that they need to cut off the entire sound.
21st Sep '16 4:32:59 AM TheCuza
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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. A member of the PowersThatBe takes interest in Mario and company. When asked his name, his response is ♥♪!?, but says for Mario to use the name of the doll he inhabits, Geno.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. A member of the PowersThatBe takes interest in Mario and company. When asked his name, his response is ♥♪!?, He introduces himself as "♥♪!?", but says admits that it may be too difficult for Mario mortals to use pronounce, so they should just call him "Geno", the name of the wooden doll he inhabits, Geno.is using as a vessel.
13th Sep '16 4:19:08 PM Anddrix
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* ''Film/PetesDragon'': 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/PetesDragon'': ''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.
5th Sep '16 2:59:08 AM StFan
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Buy some vowels!"]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"Buy some vowels!"]]
[[caption-width-right:350:"BUY SOME VOWELS!"]]



-->-- ''WebComic/{{Starslip}}'', [[http://starslip.chainsawsuit.com/2005/07/01/starslip-number-30/ "number 30"]]

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-->-- ''WebComic/{{Starslip}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'', [[http://starslip.chainsawsuit.com/2005/07/01/starslip-number-30/ "number 30"]]






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'''Bicyclist:''' (''pulls down fake beard'') Wrdlbrmpfd.\\

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'''Bicyclist:''' (''pulls ''[pulls down fake beard'') beard]'' Wrdlbrmpfd.\\



'''Bicyclist:''' (''while leaving'') Oh, by the way, officer -- my sister wants me to tell you some greetings!\\

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'''Bicyclist:''' (''while leaving'') ''[while leaving]'' Oh, by the way, officer -- my sister wants me to tell you some greetings!\\



* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNoS2BU6bbQ this]] ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' sketch, Laurie's character gives his name to a policeman as Derek followed by the sound of a small object being dropped onto a countertop, which is spelled "Nippl-e" (''not'' "nipple"). HilarityEnsues.

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* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'':
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In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNoS2BU6bbQ this]] ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' sketch, one sketch]], Laurie's character gives his name to a policeman as Derek followed by the sound of a small object being dropped onto a countertop, which is spelled "Nippl-e" (''not'' "nipple"). HilarityEnsues.



--->'''O'Neill''': So, Teal'c, how does one Goa'uld fire weapons from several directions?\\
'''Teal'c''': Taks.\\
'''O'Neill''': Tak'nik'tels?\\
'''Teal'c''': (very fast) Takunitagaminituron. (Pause) Taks.

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--->'''O'Neill''': --->'''O'Neill:''' So, Teal'c, how does one Goa'uld fire weapons from several directions?\\
'''Teal'c''': '''Teal'c:''' Taks.\\
'''O'Neill''': '''O'Neill:''' Tak'nik'tels?\\
'''Teal'c''': (very fast) '''Teal'c:''' ''[very fast]'' Takunitagaminituron. (Pause) ''[pause]'' Taks.



'''The Lord''': Well, it IS actually very hard to pronounce. Not for me, of course, after all I can speak my own name, eh? It's Lord Voltschimpeditsch...no, wait, that didn't come over good...Voltzmpdetzsch...[[spoiler: The Lord tries it a few times in ever rising frustration and anger, breaks his magic wand in a moment of fffuuu and dies on the spot.]]\\

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'''The Lord''': Well, it IS actually very hard to pronounce. Not for me, of course, after all I can speak my own name, eh? It's Lord Voltschimpeditsch...no, wait, that didn't come over good...Voltzmpdetzsch...[[spoiler: The Lord tries it a few times in ever rising frustration and anger, breaks his magic wand in a moment of fffuuu and dies on the spot.]]\\
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* ''Series/LesGuignolsDeLInfo'':
** Rémy Pflimlin, PDG of France Télévisions. None of his employees can pronounce his name correctly.
** Also invoked once with right-wing deputy Pierre Méhaignerie.
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* ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 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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* ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dragons.]]'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** 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.
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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".)



*** The same book has the red dragon Mistinarperadnacles. This has been known to be mangled out-of-universe into something like "mister nerple-dinkles".

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*** ** The same book has the red dragon Mistinarperadnacles. This has been known to be mangled out-of-universe into something like "mister nerple-dinkles".



-->'''Ftatateeta''': Who pronounces the name of Ftatateeta, the Queen's chief nurse?\\
'''Caesar''': Nobody can pronounce it, Tota, except yourself.

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-->'''Ftatateeta''': -->'''Ftatateeta:''' Who pronounces the name of Ftatateeta, the Queen's chief nurse?\\
'''Caesar''': '''Caesar:''' Nobody can pronounce it, Tota, except yourself.



* The Formless Oedon in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' is one, unlike most [[EldritchAbomination Great Ones]] in-universe which their names can be pronounced (such as Amygdala and Ebrietas), Oedon's real name is not pronounceable, the closest pronunciation people can come up with is "Oedon".
** Kos (or some says Kosm) could have been qualified if not for the name is confirmed as "Kos" in The Old Hunter DLC.

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* The Formless Oedon in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' is one, unlike most [[EldritchAbomination Great Ones]] in-universe which their names can be pronounced (such as Amygdala and Ebrietas), Oedon's real name is not pronounceable, the closest pronunciation people can come up with is "Oedon".
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"Oedon". Kos (or some says Kosm) could have been qualified if not for the name is confirmed as "Kos" in The Old Hunter DLC.



* Youtuber {{WebVideo/Muselk}}'s name, as admitted in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0hyLkEU1jc his own channel trailer]]. According to him, he thought of his name just by stringing together random syllables and choosing some that sounded nice, only to watch his viewers completely butcher it every attempt at pronouncing it. For the record, it's pronounced "Mew-selk".
-->'''WebVideo/HonestTrailers Narrator''': Prepare yourselves for the most over-the-top Website/YouTube trailer for the channel that nobody knows how to pronounce. Introducing Muscle-K. ...moose, Moose-cleh. Moose-click? Missile launch? (''groans'') Who cares, it's a dumb name anyway.

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* Youtuber {{WebVideo/Muselk}}'s WebVideo/{{Muselk}}'s name, as admitted in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0hyLkEU1jc his own channel trailer]]. According to him, he thought of his name just by stringing together random syllables and choosing some that sounded nice, only to watch his viewers completely butcher it every attempt at pronouncing it. For the record, it's pronounced "Mew-selk".
-->'''WebVideo/HonestTrailers Narrator''': Narrator:''' Prepare yourselves for the most over-the-top Website/YouTube trailer for the channel that nobody knows how to pronounce. Introducing Muscle-K. ...moose, Moose-cleh. Moose-click? Missile launch? (''groans'') ''[groans]'' Who cares, it's a dumb name anyway.



--> '''Mr. Regular''': "The Shi- [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Uuuuuggh]]... Automobile Company, and their car, the- Argh, really? Ok... Noble"

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--> '''Mr. Regular''': "The Shi- -->'''Mr. Regular:''' The Shi-- [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Uuuuuggh]]... Automobile Company, and their car, the- the-- Argh, really? Ok... Noble"OK... Noble



--->'''Fry:''' Is that how you say "Zoidberg"? (''the man runs off, crying'')\\

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--->'''Fry:''' Is that how you say "Zoidberg"? (''the ''[the man runs off, crying'')\\crying]''\\



--->(''earth shakes'')\\

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--->(''earth shakes'')\\--->''[earth shakes]''\\



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}!''. In trying to track down a Cthulhu-like monster, Cosgrove says he can't pronounce their next destination. Prof. Jones, however, finds 'Romania' easy to say.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}!''. ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' In trying to track down a Cthulhu-like monster, Cosgrove says he can't pronounce their next destination. Prof. Jones, however, finds 'Romania' "Romania" easy to say.



-->'''Beldar''': The name is Conehead!

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-->'''Beldar''': -->'''Beldar:''' The name is Conehead!



* Most Southeast Asian languages such as Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Lao, and Khmer are very heavy on the vowels and do not feature consonant clusters at all, rendering all European languages more or less unpronounceable to them. To a Vietnamese, imagine the horror that is learning Russian.
** For the sake of foreigners, most of these countries' education system includes teaching students English pronounciations of their language, such as pinyin.
** Since the Japanese morae all contain a vowel, it wouldn't seem possible to have consonant clusters, but have unvoiced vowels for some consonants, making some of their words sound akin to German or Russian. While it's technically correct to voice the vowels, it does stand out amongst Kanto dialect speakers. Japanese is still on the mild end of this scale, but it says a lot about the difficulty of languages they take loan words from when rendering them in katakana doesn't make them any easier to pronounce.

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* Most Southeast Asian languages such as Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Lao, and Khmer are very heavy on the vowels and do not feature consonant clusters at all, rendering all European languages more or less unpronounceable to them. To a Vietnamese, imagine the horror that is learning Russian.
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Russian. For the sake of foreigners, most of these countries' education system includes teaching students English pronounciations prononciations of their language, such as pinyin.
** * Since the Japanese morae all contain a vowel, it wouldn't seem possible to have consonant clusters, but have unvoiced vowels for some consonants, making some of their words sound akin to German or Russian. While it's technically correct to voice the vowels, it does stand out amongst Kanto dialect speakers. Japanese is still on the mild end of this scale, but it says a lot about the difficulty of languages they take loan words from when rendering them in katakana doesn't make them any easier to pronounce.



* Many Indian languages, (like Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam) have numerous different sounds and letters which don't even exist in English. Consequently, English heavily lacks the vocabulary required to accurately represent these languages, making them sound bizzare to native English speakers. (Yup, now you know why you can't pronounce Indian Names.)

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* Many Indian languages, (like Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam) have numerous different sounds and letters which don't even exist in English. Consequently, English heavily lacks the vocabulary required to accurately represent these languages, making them sound bizzare bizarre to native English speakers. (Yup, now you know why you can't pronounce Indian Names.)
13th Aug '16 6:09:40 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Discworld}}'' fic '''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11536013/8/Hyperemesis-gravidarum Hyperemesis Gravidarum]]''', a wizard is murdered. Because he is 1,024th-part Barbarian Hero from a distant ancestor and because he put up a fight, he is alloweed Valhalla as a post-mortem destination. A Valkyrie duly calls to collect.

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* In ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fic '''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11536013/8/Hyperemesis-gravidarum Hyperemesis Gravidarum]]''', a wizard is murdered. Because he is 1,024th-part Barbarian Hero from a distant ancestor and because he put up a fight, he is alloweed Valhalla as a post-mortem destination. A Valkyrie duly calls to collect.
29th Jul '16 3:50:45 AM Sharlee
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* On ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'', there's a good reason why Jet and his parents (Carrot and Celery) use English words as names: their real names are face-contorting strings of sound effects.
26th Jul '16 11:50:53 PM Gingerkitteh
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* In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggW0TSeKOQM Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past]] episode of The Completionist, neither Jirad or Greg can pronounce Agahnim. So they decides to call him [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Agrabah]]

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* In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggW0TSeKOQM Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past]] episode of The Completionist, neither Jirad or Greg can pronounce Agahnim. So they decides decide to call him [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Agrabah]]
10th Jul '16 5:18:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''Ksl''nah Wryzyon in ChaosFighters II-Cyberion Strike, which is to the extent that [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep everyone calls her "the representative"]]. The author's pseudonym, Mura''zrai'', is also this, forcing he himself to give alternate names as replacement.

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* ''Ksl''nah Wryzyon in ChaosFighters ''Literature/ChaosFighters II-Cyberion Strike, Strike'', which is to the extent that [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep everyone calls her "the representative"]]. The author's pseudonym, Mura''zrai'', is also this, forcing he himself to give alternate names as replacement.
29th Jun '16 9:09:30 PM TheCuza
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* [[HumanoidAbomination Mr. Scratch]], BigBad from ''[[VideoGame/AlanWake Alan Wake's American Nightmare]]''. The actual sound of his name is just a static noise.

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* [[HumanoidAbomination Mr. ]] [[EvilTwin Scratch]], the BigBad from of ''[[VideoGame/AlanWake Alan Wake's American Nightmare]]''. The actual sound of Not because his name is just too ''difficult'' to pronounce, but because you are ''actively prevented from pronouncing it''. Whenever his name comes up in the manuscript pages, Alan's narration is {{Sound Effect Bleep}}ed with a static burst of white noise.
28th Jun '16 7:18:37 AM honkgamzeehonk
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** The Borussia Dortmund soccer player Henrikh Mkhitaryan (same name, seems he gained a few surplus vowels in transliteration) usually is pronounced Mi-ki-ti-tschi-an. [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore And don't ask him how his name was before the earthquake.]]
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