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Black Cavalier13 Dec 2016 4:46 p.m. PST

In listening to some British podcasts, I've heard the host pronounce the word Mythos with a long E sound, as Meethos.

In the US, I'm familiar with both Mythos and Myth pronounced with a short I sound, as Mithos.

So I'm curious how British English speaker pronounce Myth, with the long E or short I (or silent Q).

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2016 9:50 p.m. PST

There are quite a few reginal variations in the UK.I have heard both i and long e being used at different locations by people teaching relevant subjects.

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MHoxie14 Dec 2016 1:30 a.m. PST

Mew-htoss?

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member14 Dec 2016 4:03 a.m. PST

I always say Mith-os.

GypsyComet14 Dec 2016 7:50 a.m. PST

When "Cthulhu" is in front of it, the pronunciation is all over the place, including all of the examples above and even "Mye-thos".

Black Cavalier14 Dec 2016 8:23 a.m. PST

We'll gamers tend to pronounce Cthulhu wrong too. They pronounce the "the" and make it 3 syllables. Kuth-oo-loo

I believe, Lovecraft academics like ST Joshi pronounce it Kloo-loo. I think that prounciation is based on how Lovecraft said it was pronounced.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Dec 2016 9:09 a.m. PST

I believe it's pronounced "fhtagn".

Chris Rance15 Dec 2016 3:15 a.m. PST

Here's what the man himself said:

The name of the hellish entity was invented by beings whose vocal organs were not like man's, hence it has no relation to the human speech equipment. The syllables were determined by a physiological equipment wholly unlike ours, hence could never be uttered perfectly by human throats … The actual sound -- as nearly as any human organs could imitate it or human letters record it -- may be taken as something like Khll'-hloo, with the first syllable pronounced gutturally and very thickly. The u is about like that in full; and the first syllable is not unlike klul in sound, hence the h represents the guttural thickness.

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