Literature Neuromancer Discussion

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05:01:53 PM Apr 1st 2012
There really should be a picture for this article, shouldn't there?
12:00:41 AM Sep 11th 2011
I'm a bit confused over the whole Its Pronounced Tropay bit. The word necromancer is also a combination of "necro" and "romancer," as in someone who romances, or communes with the dead. So how would that be different from how Neuromancer is pronounced?
05:24:11 AM Dec 12th 2011
edited by MetropolisLife
I was always confused over why the word "romancer" was alleged to be part of "neuromancer"'s etymology. Before I read the book, I assumed that it was some kind of Whatevermancy which is of course where we get the word "necromancer," ie, divination from the dead.
05:54:38 AM Dec 12th 2011
edited by unhappyyak
I think it's "Neuro + whatevermancy". Neuro = having to do with the brain, like neurologist. According to the Whatevermancy page, the -mancy means something like "divination". From what I can tell, no connection to -romancer (other than what the program says, but it might be making things up).

02:17:15 PM Jan 29th 2012
I actually just removed this part, before I checked the discussion:

  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Most first-time readers assume the title is a play on the word "necromancer", and so pronounce it with a hard "r". It is actually the words "neuro" and "romancer" joined together, as the eponymous program explains to Case, so a soft rolling "r" would actually be the correct pronounciation.

I don't know if this is a regional dialect thing, but in American English, the R in necromancer and the R in "neuro", like in "neuroscience," are pronounced the same. English speakers with different accents might pronounce them differently, but that's not a trope.
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