Jump to content

Welcome Guest!

Welcome to UK Pagan; The Valley

Like most online communities we require you to register for an account before we give you access to read and post.

Only a small number of our forum areas can be read without registering for an account.

The Magick Shop
Please consider visiting our kind sponsor: The Magick Shop
Guest rosewood

How Do You Pronounce 'athame'?

Recommended Posts

Guest rosewood

Scott Cunningham gives a couple of pronunciations, but most of the books I'm reading don't mention it which makes me think it is prounced how it is spelt.

Can anyone tell me the correct way? :o_claps:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ad from Google

Guest artyfahrtyAimee

its as in 'a' (as in pat) , the may (with 'th' as in think) a-tha-may.

 

 

and definatley not sounding like a-frame !

Edited by artyfahrtyAimee

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Moonhunter

or it can be atharmay, with the stress on the second syllable and a long 'ahh' sound in that syllable.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest SwedishDawn

Or you could be Texan and say it Arr tha mayee

 

 

:)

Dawn

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Naimh

or you could just call it a knife, with a slilent K and ni as in night and and fe as in wife ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Minty

Have to agree with, Aimee on this one. (That's how I say it, anyway!! lol) ;)

 

BB, Minty. xx

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Smiter
or you could just call it a knife, with a slilent K and ni as in night and and fe as in wife :)

176869[/snapback]

 

Naughty Naimh :D however it is a valid point ;) (oh look I made a pun "Point gettit"?)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ember Autumn Rose
On 5/28/2007 at 6:21 PM, Guest Naimh said:

or you could just call it a knife, with a slilent K and ni as in night and and fe as in wife 😉

:o_roflmao:

 

As for athame, I've always thought of it as "a-tha-may", but could be completely wrong.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Moonsmith

Strange.  I've heard it pronounced many many times but never heard it pronounced any other way that a thay me: 

A as in hAt.    Thay as in a lisped "say".  Me as in a personal pronoun referring to myself.

If I were using it in a public place then I would not call it a knife.  I would call it an atheme.  Whatever King Arthur Pendragon is up to these days he did win us the right to carry ritual tools [including swords] in public. 

 

Note - there are conditions attached to that privilege.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Veggie dancer

And is Samhain pronounced Sow-Wayne? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Moonsmith
1 hour ago, Veggie dancer said:

And is Samhain pronounced Sow-Wayne? 

I do not know why we persist with these cod-Irish spellings.

Yes: Samhain is pronounced [by me] as  Sowen.  As in female pig followed by a slightly apostrophised female foul.

Tomorrow we celebrate Imbolc pronounced Immolc

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Maeve

... all as Moonsmith has said!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Veggie dancer

Ok I now NEED to pronounce athame.

its for an audio book I'm narrating. 

Summing up suggested pronunciations from this thread as I understand them we have (using capitals to show which syllable is stressed)

1: a THAR may

2: a tha MAY

3: a THEY mee

4: a THAR mee

Can you let me how you have heard it said so I can work out what is most common? Does anyone know of a YouTube video or podcast or anything they can link me to so I can hear it?

If the accent is the difference the character has a general south England accent.

🙂

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Badger Bob

There are two pronunciations given in the ipa, the first one corresponds to option 3 but the second is more like option 1/2, no accentuation is given so it could be either. Personally I go for uh-Thah-may where Th is an aspirated T rather than th as in thing or breathe. Just to be contrary 😈

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Veggie dancer

Thanks guys, 

anyone else out there want to vote for their athame pronunciation? :coz_witch:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ellinas

1 seems to me to accord best with the spelling and the usual English stress in trisyllabic words.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Freydis

3 is the one I've most often heard, but I suspect that there are as many variations as there are people using it!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Stonehugger

Am I the only user of 4?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ellinas

Dare to be different...!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×