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    Since this keeps coming up on the message boards--how do you pronounce these different names and words (add any of your own)?

    Kara
    Conan
    Rogue
    Rouge
    Lana Lang
    Lois Lane
    Mxyzptlk
    Ozymandias
    Luthor
    Insurance
    Electric
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly View Post
    Since this keeps coming up on the message boards--how do you pronounce these different names and words (add any of your own)?

    Kara
    Conan
    Rogue
    Rouge
    Lana Lang
    Lois Lane
    Mxyzptlk
    Ozymandias
    Luthor
    Insurance
    Electric
    Car-ah
    Co-nin
    Row-g(uh)* the "uh" sound is just there because I don't want it to read as "Gee".
    Roo-j(uh)* again "beginning of the "Juh" just sort of trails off not an actual pronunciation of "uh".
    La-Nah Layng
    Low-iss Layn
    Mix-Zee-Pit-Lick
    Ah-Zee-Man-Dee-Ahs
    Loo-Thor
    In-Sure-rehns
    eh-lek-trick
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    The only two of those words that I could see having issues with pronunciation are Mxyzptlk and Ozymandias.

    Mxyzptlk (Mix-Iz-Pittle-Ik)
    Ozymandias (Ozzy-Man-Dee-Ass)

    Then there's the John Constantine example. Teen or tyne. I've had that discussion on this board before. Still not sure of the correct way to say that. If it's the same as the historical Constantine The Great then I'd have it as Constan-TEEN.
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    Namor

    I've heard Nay-More, Nah-more, and Nay-mer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Things Fall Apart View Post
    Namor

    I've heard Nay-More, Nah-more, and Nay-mer.
    I thought it was the middle of those three. It was intentionally devised as the word 'roman' backwards isn't it? Or is my memory playing tricks on me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Things Fall Apart View Post
    Namor

    I've heard Nay-More, Nah-more, and Nay-mer.
    Oh that's one that bugs me. I always said Nah-More, but since watching people on youtube I keep hearing Nay-More.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillieMorgan View Post
    I thought it was the middle of those three. It was intentionally devised as the word 'roman' backwards isn't it? Or is my memory playing tricks on me?
    No clue. I usually only refer to him as Namor on the forums. If I'm talking about him with friends or at the comic shop I'd probably just say The Submariner.
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    Definitely Nay-More

    And Sub-Ma-reh-ner, not Sub-Mar-een-er

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    I always said Door-mah-moo, in the movie it was door-Mah-moo
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    With some of these it's a matter of which syllable has the most stress. Insurance is one of those words that varies depending one where your are in North America. I say insurance, but in other places people say insurance. It's a detail that comes up in mysteries--where a character reveals his or her true origin by how they pronounce it.

    Electric is annoying, because on most Canadian broadcasts (and some American), I hear EL-ectric--whereas, in my community we always say ee-lectric or uh-lectric (or even 'lectric). It makes me wonder what broadcasting school did they go to where they were taught to say it with such a strong EL sound.

    I see Lois (Louis), rogue and rouge frequently misspelled and I always wonder if it's a typo or if people are confused about the pronunciation.
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    Kara - CAR-a
    Conan - COH-nan
    Rogue - roh-g
    Rouge - roo-zh (Where zh is like the si in Persian or the z in azure)
    Lana Lang - LAH-na LANG
    Lois Lane - LOH-iss LANE
    Mxyzptlk - Mx-iz-ptlk
    Ozymandias - OZ-ee-MAN-dee-us
    Luthor - LOO-thur
    Insurance - in-SHUR-ans
    Electric - i-LEK-trik

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly View Post
    Oh that's one that bugs me. I always said Nah-More, but since watching people on youtube I keep hearing Nay-More.
    They say Nay-more in the cartoons too. It sounds stupid.

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    And Sub-Mar-ah-ner, not Sub-Mar-een-er
    sub-MA-rinner

    Oh and while we're here - AK-wa-man - not AH-kwa-man or OK-wa-man

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    When I read Marvel's CONAN THE BARBARIAN, I always pronounced it KAW-nin, but then when I went to comic shops and conventions I heard the super-geeks saying Koh-NAN. That's too extreme for me and I still prefer my version.

    Ozymandias, I know from high school English as like Ozzy-MANDY-us. But lately, I hear people on youtube saying Ozzy-man-DIE-us. Also from high school English (and ALL IN COLOR FOR A DIME), I learned to say Submariner like in "Rime of the Ancient Mariner."

    Aquaman I always pronounce Ak-wah-MAN.

    Mxyzptlk I learned to say from the comic book letter columns as MiX-YeZ-PiT-eL-iK. Which helps with spelling, because all you do is leave out the vowels.

    What about Ra's al Ghul? I've heard all kinds of pronunciations of that--even within the same show, like on ARROW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly View Post
    What about Ra's al Ghul? I've heard all kinds of pronunciations of that--even within the same show, like on ARROW.
    I think I once heard it pronounced RAYSH-al-GOOL, can't remember where, maybe when he was on Batman: TAS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    Definitely Nay-More

    And Sub-Mar-ah-ner, not Sub-Mar-een-er

    Dormammu

    I always said Door-mah-moo, in the movie it was door-Mah-moo
    Lol. I say Sub-MARE-eh-ner. So I guess we'll add that as another (mis)pronunciation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    I think I once heard it pronounced RAYSH-al-GOOL, can't remember where, maybe when he was on Batman: TAS.
    I've heard his creator said "Raysh".
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    Oh here is one that is constantly mispronounced "T'challa".

    If you watch the film Black Panther you can tell people that are native English speakers because they pronounce the "Tuh". Listen to the way Lupita says it and you'll see the difference.

    It really should be more like just "CHUH-la".

    The "T" is supposed to be an indicator of a hard "CH" sound.
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