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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2012 6:13 p.m. PST

All I will say about it is that is totally incomprehensible for English speakers. It is full of obscure and arcane symbols that mean absolutely nothing to me.

Ptui! I say… Ptui!

StarfuryXL527 Nov 2012 10:07 p.m. PST

Ptui? How do you pronounce that?

Buff Orpington Inactive Member28 Nov 2012 4:16 a.m. PST

Probably Boston then John.

AndrewGPaul Inactive Member28 Nov 2012 4:21 a.m. PST

If you click said pronunciation key, you will end up at:


and hence to


Grinning Norm Inactive Member29 Nov 2012 12:42 p.m. PST

Quite many speakers of Non-English. And the English pronunciation guides are quite useless for most speakers of Non-English. International Phonetic Alphabet is pretty universal. I prefer the Uralic Phonetic Alphabet for most purposes though, but that's a matter of taste and convenience. It goes better with cognac, cigars and talk about etymologies.

Last Hussar02 Dec 2012 5:12 a.m. PST

Of course it will be wrong for many words, such as aluminium.

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