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Re: Ianthe and Linguistics
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Henry corrects me on the proper way to say his name:
> By all means, you may pronounce my name "Hay-Yoo." Of course, if you
> do, I celebrate your spirit of cross-cultural tolerance by pronouncing
> your name "Ecki-Ecki-Ecki-Piyoo-Pitang".
Geez, I _hate_ that! Any fool can see there are only two "ecki"s in "Henry".
I implore you: please take Alianora's class on European Languages. A mind is
a tragic thing at waste, or words to that effect.
> Oh, and that's "Countess Hay-Yoo".
Excellency, at this point, I throw myself open to your mercy; as no slight
was ever intended. I swear upon my honor, from this day forward, I will never
fail to address you as "countess", should I use the "hay-yoo" pronunciation,
as is proper in my native tongue.
-Henry the Pedant
To Henry from Ianthe,
I apologize for my ignorance, not having attended Alianora's class in
European languages. Also for my inability to type linguistic
notation. I should have noted that the second "Ecki" was not fully
voiced, being more like a glottal stop between Ecki One and Ecki
Thank you in advance for thinking to include my title when addressing
me by the "Hay-Yoo" phoneme. Having not taken the excellent
Alianora's instruction, I am unsure exactly how many other spellings
are homophones for "Ianthe" in your native tongue and might be
pronounced similarly. I don't wish to contribute to the general
confusion if you choose to bellow my name across the field.
This does leave one topic open for speculation. How many common words
innocuous in everyday speech are actually words of dire insult in
Henry's language, and how can we avoid pronouncing phrases of
offense as we discuss even so innocent a topic as the weather?
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