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    Smough and Gough

    Post by lalliman on Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:02 pm

    I have one simple question that's been bothering me ever since encountering the O&S fight.
    Smough and Gough... How the f*ck do you pronounce them??
    Smog? Smaug? Smoff? I don't think i've ever heard anyone pronounce it in game.
    It may be a stupid question for native english speakers, but i'm not one of those :s
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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by deadagain on Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:05 pm

    Gough says his name and it sounds like Gah.


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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by Carphil on Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:07 pm

    haha someone made a thread exactly like this one a while ago, but it had a poll included if I remember.

    Our conclusion was that is personal preference. I pronounce it Smog.

    I'll try to find that thread


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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by Repto on Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:09 pm

    Personally I pronounce them as Smoff and Goff (feels strange typing that big grin).
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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by lalliman on Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:10 pm

    deadagain wrote:Gough says his name and it sounds like Gah.

    Ah didn't expect that one. I talked to him several times but never heard him say that :s
    I guess such a name is logical for a giant.

    Does that mean Smough is also a giant? He's big but not thát big right?
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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by Revoltage on Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:10 pm

    I've been wondering the same thing lol. I've always pronounced it as Smaugh as in "Sm-eau-g" but now that we know how Gough is pronounced I don't know anymore. "Smoff" or "Smah" just sound a bit odd imo but it would make sense Shrug I wish we had official pronunciations for some names.... I'm too particular about these things


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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by lalliman on Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:14 pm

    Well pronunciation has always been a messed up thing in english. But if you get giants involved it gets even harder apperantly.
    Since Gough is Gah i guess Smough should be Smah.... sounds rather weird.
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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by sekkate on Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:40 pm

    I pronounce them as I would "though"


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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by cankeredlamentations on Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:54 pm

    yeah i pronoun the first one "Smo" but the 2nd as "goth" 🤡
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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by Shakie666 on Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:57 pm

    Well in the dlc Gough pronounces his name as Goff so i'm guessing Smough is pronounced Smoff.
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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by Emergence on Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:57 pm

    I can't hear Gough talk without imagining Andre the Giant. They gave the name Andrei to the wrong NPC. I did wonder if the phonetics applied the same to Smough. Ornstein and Smoff doesn't quite roll off the tongue the way Ornstein and Smo (like Moe, which is how I pronounced it) do. Add it to the scroll of questions we can ask Miyazaki if we ever get the chance.


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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by WhatDoesThePendantDo? on Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:25 pm

    Gough calls himself "Goff" or something like that.

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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by reim0027 on Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:48 pm

    I've always pronounced it like "Smoge and Goge." Probably not right, but that is how my mind reads it.


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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by Emergence on Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:51 pm

    I think the one thing we can all agree on is that nothing says high fantasy quite like the names Ornstein and Smough.


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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by Abiathar82 on Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:55 pm

    sekkate wrote:I pronounce them as I would "though"

    ^This , I have always pronouced them both this way. I would say this makes the most since. So "Smoe" and "Goe" or "Smo and "Go" or "Smow" and "Gow". You get the point.


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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by PlasticandRage on Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:59 pm

    Carphil wrote:I pronounce it Smog.

    That's how I pronounce it also. Although the more aware I become about how many of the names are actually said in game, the more aware I also become at my own propensity to mispronounce them. We should do a thread where we all phonetically spell out how we each individually pronounce some of the names. That'd be funny.


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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by Abiathar82 on Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:04 pm

    Like this ^ idea lol. Good times will be had by all.


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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by lalliman on Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:44 am

    PlasticandRage wrote:That's how I pronounce it also. Although the more aware I become about how many of the names are actually said in game, the more aware I also become at my own propensity to mispronounce them. We should do a thread where we all phonetically spell out how we each individually pronounce some of the names. That'd be funny.

    ^ THIS
    Smough and Gough are the names with the most pronunciation issues though. Most names prolly wouldn't have as many different answers.
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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by OmarTheFuzzy on Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:58 pm

    i go with Smow and Goff <-- the latter because that's how he pronounces it himself.

    (of course, there are a million ways to pronounce "ough" in English -- or, actually, seven ways.)


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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by Carphil on Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:25 pm

    Ornstein = Ornstaim or Ornstim. the E sounds like I. This is very confusing, argh!



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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by lalliman on Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:54 pm

    Carphil wrote:Ornstein = Ornstaim or Ornstim. the E sounds like I. This is very confusing, argh!

    Why is it suddenly with an M?
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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by Aznul on Tue Dec 04, 2012 3:36 pm

    I thought it was along the lines of Smow and Gow, and that ornstein was pronounced like ornsteen. But hey what do I know.


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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by PlasticandRage on Tue Dec 04, 2012 3:57 pm

    Aznul wrote:I thought it was along the lines of Smow and Gow, and that ornstein was pronounced like ornsteen. But hey what do I know.

    That's Fraankinsteen!


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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by lalliman on Tue Dec 04, 2012 3:58 pm

    Aznul wrote:I thought it was along the lines of Smow and Gow, and that ornstein was pronounced like ornsteen. But hey what do I know.

    Well names ending in stein aren't originally English, i believe it comes from German, were stein means stone. I think in German stein is pronounced kinda like stayen. (it's hard to morph it into English spelling) So it's prolly Ornstayen.
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    Re: Smough and Gough

    Post by Carphil on Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:10 pm

    ein in german sounds like ain, or I (sound) with n in the end.


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