It's important to use the right words when you want to get your point across. Often, they're the only means of communication available to us.

But expressing nuanced thoughts and feelings through language can be difficult. So let's try to learn from the best!

There's a subreddit called r/OddlySpecific and as the name suggests, its 1.2 million members are dedicated to collecting distinct, precise phrases that strangely make perfect sense.

So continue scrolling to check the best ones they spotted and fire up our first publication on this awesome online community for more.

#1

Adult Books vs. Kids' Books

Adult Books vs. Kids' Books

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Madison Feehan
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kids books for the win!!!! Can I get some YA novel recommendations with decent plots and non-depressing endings???

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#2

Aita?

Aita?

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Ember
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is hilarious because it’s so true 😂😂😂

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If you want your speeches to have a stronger impact, American author, columnist, keynote speaker, and former journalist and news anchor Carmine Gallo suggests replacing long words with short ones. "In his groundbreaking book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Nobel economist Daniel Kahneman writes, 'If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.' Effective leaders speak in simple language — and simple means short," Gallo explained.

He said this is especially true during a crisis, when attention spans are flagging and noise levels are high. "People are being bombarded by information, some of which is misleading or false. The clearer and more concise you are, the better your chances of getting your message across and persuading people to act on it."

#3

Billionaires Are Boring

Billionaires Are Boring

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Tesla Sulu
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Exactly! I knew a very wealthy family with a 14,000 sq ft home and no roller skates to take advantage of it!

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"As you think about how to share your next message, remember that language influenced by the Anglo-Saxon period has been used by many great leaders," Gallo highlighted.

Winston Churchill once said, "The shorter words of a language are usually the more ancient. Their meaning is more ingrained in the national character and they appeal to greater force."

In a memo titled Brevity, Churchill urged government administrators to replace long "woolly phrases" with single conversational words, pointing out that brevity equals clarity and that directness makes things easier to understand.

#7

Oh Mom

Oh Mom

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Next, Gallo thinks you should search for analogies. "Neuroscientists have found that our brains process the world by associating the new or unknown with something familiar. When presented with a novel idea, our brains don't ask, 'What is it?' They ask, 'What is it like?'"

"Analogies answer that question. They serve as mental shortcuts that help us understand complex events. Leaders who are great communicators in a crisis are skilled at finding analogies, because they have to persuade people to act quickly."

#10

This Reply

This Reply

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Kel_how
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Segregation themed amusement park" really tied that one together

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#11

Rata2ie

Rata2ie

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#12

Even Average Sounds Extraordinary During Victorian Times

Even Average Sounds Extraordinary During Victorian Times

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The human brain is wired for storytelling. In his best-selling book Sapiens, historian Yuval Noah Harari argues that it was only through stories that our species was able to take over the world.

Our advanced language skills — specifically, our ability to connect with one another through narrative — allowed us to cooperate in ways other species simply could not.

#14

It Took Me Longer Than 66 Years

It Took Me Longer Than 66 Years

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#16

Uuh... Fox Title?

Uuh... Fox Title?

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karl briggs
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Also looks like Russian Vlad, post plastic surgery!

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#17

Humble Living As A Gnome

Humble Living As A Gnome

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Spannidandoolar
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I didn't know that this was what I wanted from life until I read it here.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health, is widely admired for his straight, persuasive talk. CNN has even called him “a public force” who translates complex medical information into everyday language.

"You don’t want to impress people and razzle-dazzle them with your knowledge," Fauci said. "You just want them to understand what you’re talking about."

#18

The Jeans Discount Is The Cherry On Top

The Jeans Discount Is The Cherry On Top

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#19

This Will Be A Reality One Day

This Will Be A Reality One Day

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Birgit M
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I‘d rather be able to delete a few files….

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#20

An Interesting Title

An Interesting Title

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Olivier Caissy
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Damn it Rat Snitch Brian The Good Time Ruiner

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#21

When You Get Flashbacks Of Working Retail

When You Get Flashbacks Of Working Retail

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Nitka Tsar
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Meanwhile in other countries someone gets praised as a „normal“ or a „peoples person“ for not being born into money/ power.

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Because of that, Fauci often limits himself to just three key points. For instance, in an April 5 appearance on Face the Nation, he said the country would be able to relax social-distancing guidelines only when three things were in place: "the ability to test, isolate, and do contact tracing."

Fauci also pointed out that Americans must continue to “physically separate” from one another by doing three things: staying six feet apart, limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer people, and avoiding mass interactions, such as in restaurants, bars, and theaters.

Words are powerful, and the more mindful you are with them, the more they can offer you.

#22

Not A Squirrel!

Not A Squirrel!

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ohjojo (you/your's)
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Keith should try bringing $5 with him to buy lunch instead of bringing his lunch. That is sure to keep the squirrels away

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#23

Rbdbdjddn

Rbdbdjddn

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Ember
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As an avid book reader, this happens to me more times than I can count….lol

Upstaged75
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me too. I was an avid reader as a kid, but I misunderstood SO many names. Now when I see those names as an adult I still want to pronounce them the way my weird kid-brain thought they sounded. :) For example: Phoebe.

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chemistryguy
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh. My. God. Get out of my mind.

KY dog mom
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I did this when reading Crime and Punishment.

Phill
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I put it into a text to speech and see what it says, then just use that for the rest of the book. Or if I'm feeling lazy, I just replace it with "Bob", "Gary, "Mary", or my personal favourite "The untranslatable One"

Al Christensen
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was having a similar problem while reading Gabriel Garcia Márquez. It seemed like each character had a string of the same dozen names but in different order.

allison
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s intentional in 100 Years of Solitude. The repetition of names is meant to show fluidity of time, and that history will inevitably repeat itself. (Not commenting to be a know it all, it’s genuinely one of my fav books and I think the symbolism is very well done). :)

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similarly
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love it when people get used to pronouncing something a certain way, and then the author does an interview and pronounces it differently. Example, Game of Thrones, everybody says "Dothraki" as "Dothrakee", but in interviews, JRRM says "Dothrakai".

Bec
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought this about Handmaid's Tale, they kept saying Off-red but reveal she is Of-Fred

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Cathy Lemay
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hermione. Before I saw the HP movies I couldn't imagine how this name was pronounced.

Catherine Graffham
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Apparently JKR noticed a lot of people having this problem, which is why Hermione teaches Victor Krum to pronounce her name in Goblet of Fire

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Shawnna D
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I read a lot of Russian literature & not only are the names difficult for me, they switch between last names, first name + patronymic, & diminuatives like I’m supposed to know they are all the same person. I need a scorecard to finish the story

Lorraine R
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Somebody told me they had less trouble with War and Peace after they started keeping a list of all the characters and their names in the back of the book.

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Alexandria Tyme
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I ever become an author (not likely to happen but just go with me), I would add a page at the start that informed the read how to pronounce all the names of or, something like 'just call that guy Bob as I was drunk when I chose the name'.

JPotts
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Books need to have a list of all the characters in it along with how to pronounce their names. They bring up a person in chapter 2 and bring them back in chapter 6. Now I have to go back to remind myself who they are.

Valden
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like an organization chart in the back of the book so you can see how/why characters are related. Or, like television shows, do a quick recap of a character that has not been used for a few episodes.

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Tim Douglass
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Worst part of those names is that every time you read them it takes you out of the story while you try to figure out how to say it.

Mistletoe
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep, detracts from what's really important.

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Brenda Spagnola-Wilson
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I can't pronounce it, it's now whatever I want it to be!

Mistletoe
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In first grade trying to figure out how to read a person's name can totally mess up their whole understanding of what they are reading. This has been especially true since textbook writers have begun using ethic names instead of easy ones like Bob or Beth. There definitely SHOULD be inclusion in our children's reading material! However to help my students to actually get past the name they cannot pronounce I teach them to just say N - Person or R - person or - G- boy, or S- Girl etc. They feel so much more success in their reading ability if they don't become discouraged by someone's name.

Esme love and squalor
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Too true when reading Russian lit, plus each character has MULTIPLE unpronounceable names. My mom used to make a chart for books like this.

Trophy Husband
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I Google it if I really don't know how to pronounce it, that's a rare one but it happens.

Piper Panda
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah. It’s just Bob. Bob is good.

Troy Parr
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just give the strange names a "that will do" version and carry on.

Hime
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just make a "short name" usually similar to the sounds of the first part... in this case, that was Skid - short for skdjfkskdkfk... works for me.

Starcie Burkett
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Anne McCaffrey did this to me hard

trans.teen.trainwreck
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Xochitl. Pronounced (SO - CHEE) but i always see it as (ITCH-ICH-OL)

Phoenix Connor
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I read a book with the name Leigh teabing and I always read it as Leigh teabag 😂

DennyS (denzoren)
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is me everyday and my most notable one was reading The Count of Monte Cristo as a child...that was a book filled with "jfdjdd" lol

King Joffrey
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What if it's Mister Mxyzptlk from the Superman comics?

O.M.Miki
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

hahaha I can recall that happening so many times.

Electra Smith
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

or reading it one way and near the end of the book finding out it's actually pronounced this slightly different way.

Summer Woodsong
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yep, especially welsh or elven names....

B Jean the Jelly Bean
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like the name Siobhan, an Irish name that get absolutely butchered!

Julie 🇨🇦
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's Deirdre for me, always have a little stroke when I read that name!

Altair
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is how Petyr Baelish in ASOIAF became "Pé-Tear Bah-elish" in the Korean translation. I know GRRM said "just say it however you want" but darn it why not just say Peter? IS IT NOT FANTASTICAL ENOUGH FOR YOU

Altair
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Mary Kelly
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

19th century russian novels spring to mind...

Kate Priestley
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My friend was the fifth volume of Harry Potter before she realised Hermione wasn't pronounced Hermeyowney

Aqsa Azam
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Someone put it into words!!

Deborah Harris2
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was like this with Hermione until I saw the films 🙂

Jill Hojnacki
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Y’all know that you can Google a pronunciation for almost any word - even names, right? Even the online dictionaries now include audio files. (Yeah, sometimes the made-up pronunciation is more fun than the real one. I get it. I’ve some pet mis-pronunciations of my own.)

Carol Emory
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My mother was named Sharelle because my grandmother read the name in a book. But she didn't know the correct pronunciation so while we all called her Cheryl... everyone else called her Sha-relle

Ael
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That was literally the reason I took a basic course in French. I just wanted to be able to pronounce French words and names (came across them in a couple of books I was reading). Will learn Scottish Gaelic next for the same reason (moved to Scotland).

Vedette Aecus
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Geez, just Google the pronunciation

Raccoon
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reading keeper of the lost cities in a nutshell. How am I supposed to pronounce bronte???

SobyKay
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a name enthusiast, I always look up the pronunciation for future reference

Keating_5
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And then hearing their name for the first time in a movie/audiobook is so weird!

Carly Romer
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lol happens all the time to me..I’m Deaf, so I’ve never been able to figure out the sound of a lot of names… **;

Belle Miles
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nebogipfel... Steven Baxters' the time ships. My favorite Morlock.

Mikey Kliss
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel like this was true of older RPGs as well. Prevoiced games

Royer Potts
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or, if a movie is made of the book, and you hear the name pronounced and think “wow, I was WAY off”.

Ana Ferreira
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I generally just pronounce them as if they were in my own language. Spent years thinking Maeve was pronounced Ma-eh-ve, then one day found out, it's actually Maif.

poiplescales
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haymitch became Hyacinth for the entirety of the series, and I kinda missed that switch when I reread the series.

Peter Trudell Jr
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Remember Yanks, it's "Her-my-oh-knee"...

My O My
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I, as a bilingual raised kid, just recently noticed that some of the books I read as a kid where actually playing somewhere in England so I pronounced the names in my head all wrong! Over years! Shame...nothing but shame on me

Tim
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So you decide to make up a name... then there's six more names that are just as unpronounceable, but 90% the same.

Mistletoe
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

R Person, V Person, G Person, GR Person Works for me.

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Anne Marieke Fransen
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Had this with Asterix and Obelix a lot!

Pascale Pierloot
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm just going to guess the author was Russian. 🤦

rivers
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

no but for me i can pronounce it perfectly in my head but i cant actually pronouns it