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Pronouncing Names - A helping hand

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Guest Blaidd

In light of that delightful Poem by Cosmic fool, as a Newbie Witch, that has an horrid time pronouncing Names, I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread with the correct or regional variations of words we come across.

 

So if you nice people would care to add some name or words that you feel take a little help in pronoucing then would be much appreciated.

 

Samhain, Llammas and athame are but a few i struggled with when starting out. Now I just get the Deity names wrong.

 

So if you can pronouce it, please share your wisdom..

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weatherwitch

Nice idea Blaidd and one that us solitaries can really benefit from :o_roflmao:

 

Samhain was a classic for me too :blink:

 

Lughnash was another though I'm not even sure I've spelt it right,. my brains a bit dead tonight :lo_lol: Pronounced loooo nas aah - well I do anyway :D

 

Anyone else got any others for this very useful thread?

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Guest Margolotta de Magpyr

It's Lughnasdh, which is Celtic, Lammas is Anglo-Saxon, IIRC.

 

Technically, and someone correct me if I'm wrong, they are two distinctive festivals - the former is the feast day of the Celtic god Lugh (I believe the literal translation, though I'm sure Beirn, if she were around, would correct me, is 'Lugh's feast' or 'Lugh's victory'). He was the Celtic sun god and the manifestation of the thin line between light and dark and good and evil. :blink:

 

Lammas was more of a harvest festival and marked the beginning of the end of the summer.

 

Though I could be talking complete cow poo... :D

 

Blessings,

 

Margo

xxxxxxx

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Guest Blaidd

Here's another

 

Kabbalah Cabala or Qabalah

 

Are they pronounced differently.

 

My understanding is Cabala is christian, Qabalah is golden dawn and Kabbalah is Jewish, is this correct?

 

I see is as Ka - bal - ah, is this right.

 

 

Thanks :o_angry:

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Guest pebble

As far as I know, Blaidd, that's right about the pronounciation. Never heard of it being anything to do with Christianity so can't help you there I'm afraid.

 

This was a really good idea for a thread...because I've never been with people actually pronouncing things, I'm too unsure of myself to write a list (which I bet is the case with a lot of people). I think I know but don't want to look a prat!! :D

 

There must be people here who are 100% about this stuff though......

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Guest arianwen

how do you guys pronounce athame by the way. ive heard it pronounced both a-tha-may and a-th-aim

 

i pronounce it either way :)

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Rain

You pronounce it ath-aim.

 

Rain

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Guest Crow

And regarding the broom, is it "Bee-som" or "bezom"? I've always used the former.

 

Blaidd, as far as I know Qabalah in all its spellings has a Jewish origin.

 

Ok, a phonetic rendering of a few of the deities to whom I often refer:

 

Baron Samedi - as in the French word for Saturday, "Baron Sam-dee"

Maman Brigitte - again it's French, "Mamon Brijeet"

Ogoun Feray - Ogoon Fer-i (stress on the I)

Erzulie Freda - Erzoolie Frayda

Erzulie Dantor - Erzoolie Dantoe

Agwe - Agway

La Siren - already phonetic, La syren

Legba - Legbah

Oya - Oh yaa (slightly shortened O as in "hot", but with a stress on both syllables)

the loa - the lwa

Gede - gay-day

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Cerridwen

excellent post, can't think of any at the mo but, will if I think of any

 

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Ember Autumn Rose

*Reviving*

Just because I've never heard it out loud (might shock some), but how is Cerridwen pronounced please? 🙂

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Ffred_Clegg
On 2/1/2019 at 8:37 PM, Ember Autumn Rose said:

*Reviving*

Just because I've never heard it out loud (might shock some), but how is Cerridwen pronounced please? 🙂

Cer-ID-wen. Like with pretty much everything Welsh, the stress is on the last syllable but one.

Both "e"s are short

gwyn eich byd

Ffred

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Ember Autumn Rose
11 hours ago, Ffred_Clegg said:

Cer-ID-wen. Like with pretty much everything Welsh, the stress is on the last syllable but one.

Both "e"s are short

gwyn eich byd

Ffred

Thank you, Ffred 🙂 is the C in "Cer" more like a K or an S?

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Ellinas

Though not a Welsh speaker, I've lived here all my life and am familiar with the pronunciation of place names etc.  As far as I know, a Welsh C always sounds like an English K.

Interestingly, an archaic form of the Greek Sigma (Σ, σ & ς) is written as a C, so I wonder if that is the source of the ambivalent English pronunciation.

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Moonsmith
3 hours ago, Ellinas said:

Though not a Welsh speaker, I've lived here all my life and am familiar with the pronunciation of place names etc

As my daughter in law would say:  "Cymraeg Deheuol.  Ych a fi!  :o_bolt:

Edited by Moonsmith

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Ffred_Clegg
27 minutes ago, Moonsmith said:

As my daughter in law would say:  "Cymraeg Deheuol.  Ych a fi!  :o_bolt:

And I can hear her accent in my mind as she says it!

Proudly Cymraeg Hwncomwnco

Ffred

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