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Old 01 Jul 2007, 23:52   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to pronounce.

How do you pronounce the word 'Tau'?

I've heard a lot of people say it like Tow, like cow, or vow, only with a T. Even on dark crusade they say it like this.

Also, I've heard a lot of people say it like Taw, like jaw, or caw, or raw, only with a T.
( this is how i say it, and i think it sounds better)
So how do you say the word?
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Old 02 Jul 2007, 00:03   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How to pronounce.

Let's break this down, The letter A and the letter U, to my current memory and in the english language, is always pronounced "-ow" except for in words like Maul and.... well thats the only one I can think of. In french -au is pronounced this way as well ex. "Au Jour" (sorry about the spelling).

These are just a few examples, and some of the only ones I can think of. Although I wouldn't presume to tell you how to pronounce your words, I can tell you the correct pronounciation is T-OW. with -OW as in "OUCH".

Unless you have a heavy southern accent, then all bets are off.

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Old 02 Jul 2007, 01:53   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: How to pronounce.

I pronounce it the same way as the greek letter Tau; The first syllable of 'tower' is a good example.
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Old 02 Jul 2007, 02:06   #4 (permalink)
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Tau like the greek letter. Only way that makes sense, IMO.

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Old 02 Jul 2007, 09:40   #5 (permalink)
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I've heard people laying emphasis on the u, making it more like Ta-u
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Old 02 Jul 2007, 11:18   #6 (permalink)
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i've only ever heard Ta-u in New York. Some people say 'Dau' but the correct saying is "Taw"
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Old 02 Jul 2007, 11:48   #7 (permalink)
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I've heard it pronounced Tay-ooo before.... needless to say that was horrible for my ears.

It seems to be generally accepted that "cow" is the correct way, but with everything it can be up to the person.

I've even heard Necron pronounced "Knee-Kron"

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Old 02 Jul 2007, 12:11   #8 (permalink)
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Then there is always the Eldah from Boston
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Old 02 Jul 2007, 12:22   #9 (permalink)
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I've even heard Necron pronounced "Knee-Kron"
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Well... We here pronounce it that way, actually. Don't know why, since 'necromancy' is with a short 'a' pronounciation (nay-crow-man-see), instead of a long 'ee'. Tau is, as stated by various members, here pronounced the same way as cow. And I believe in the opening credits of 'fire warrior' on ps2, they pronounce it the same way as well.
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Old 02 Jul 2007, 12:56   #10 (permalink)
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Things get really interesting when it comes to Tzeentch.

I say "zintch" (after finally realising the T was supposed to be silent) but I have several friends who swear it's "zeek"
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