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10 Aug 2012 6:11 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "How shoudl one pronounce "keil"?" to "How should one pronounce "keil"?"

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Lentulus10 Aug 2012 5:00 p.m. PST

As in "Pike Keil"? I've been assuming it's a German word, so simple long "i", but I have been wrong before.

captain canada Inactive Member10 Aug 2012 5:23 p.m. PST


RavenscraftCybernetics10 Aug 2012 5:32 p.m. PST

Mrs Cybernetics says its kyle but it could go either way dialectically.

Baggy Sausage Inactive Member10 Aug 2012 5:50 p.m. PST

It is pronounced "Smith." Everything is silent.

Happy Little Trees Inactive Member10 Aug 2012 5:51 p.m. PST

I've always heard it as 'Keel'.

But what do I know-until this week, I though Sikh was pronounced 'seek' not 'sic'. Stupid way to find out.

abelp0110 Aug 2012 6:09 p.m. PST

Throat warbler mangrove? I dunno…

Billiam Inactive Member10 Aug 2012 6:41 p.m. PST

We have a professor in my department with the last name Keil. He pronounces it as "Kyle". Which is annoying, since he's an oceanography prof and "keel" would be far more appropriate.

SonofThor10 Aug 2012 7:20 p.m. PST

I thought it was "keel" as well.

Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2012 8:02 p.m. PST

no doubt in different regions it may be pronounced draw your own conclusions 'ecky thump

Mark Plant10 Aug 2012 8:44 p.m. PST

Are there regional difference to how "Seig Heil" was pronounced? I sure haven't heard any.

If it was said "keel", would it not be spelled Kiel, like the port?

Puster Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2012 9:24 p.m. PST


Though the term was not really used by Landsknechts, it is a military formation that means "wedge". If pronounced in German, "kyle" is the way.

keel / Kiel has no relation to military formations in German, just to the city and the keel. If you pronounce it this way its definitely wrong.

Ilodic Inactive Member11 Aug 2012 9:42 a.m. PST

This link should put the argument to rest.



Klebert L Hall Inactive Member11 Aug 2012 12:58 p.m. PST

Beef Wellington.

Mako11 Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2012 7:30 p.m. PST

Usually, in English, as in German, the last letter of the two-letter vowel combination dictates the pronunciation, in most cases, so Kiel would be pronounce Keel, while Keil would be pronounced Kyle.

Summsi72 Inactive Member12 Aug 2012 11:15 a.m. PST

I am german and I can tell you it is pronounced "Kyle". And there shouldn´t be any regional differences.

Rudi the german Inactive Member12 Aug 2012 2:14 p.m. PST

Keil…. Very simpel. :)

And here some more tough words:

And now the next word: Balkenkreuz….
Schmeisser Maschienenpistole


Keraunos Inactive Member13 Aug 2012 5:29 a.m. PST

is there a swiss-german word pronunciation to be aware of?

I only know the word in a swiss context, so I do not know whether that has any effect on pronunciation, but I would certainly lean to that if there were.

Yesthatphil Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2012 11:26 a.m. PST


The question has been answered fully and completely already ('kyle'). Only wargamers could find a debate in it.

WCTFreak15 Aug 2012 12:05 p.m. PST

not really swiss pronunciation would be quite hard to immitate for an english guy…

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