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#213501 - 12/08/13 06:21 PM New name, but why can't people pronounce it?
Bablakeluke Offline
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Hey everybody!

One of my friends released a game a while ago but has only recently decided to change its name. The new name he picked, 'Ainion', didn't sit well with myself as I found it difficult to pronounce, so I thought I would run a test and ask a group of random people during the day how they would say it. Interestingly, all but two people pronounced it differently!

So I thought I would look a little more into this (as my friend is sure it's a suitable name) and decided I'd turn to you guys! My question is quite simple; Why can't people from the same English-speaking region pronounce Ainion consistently?

Thanks to you all! smile


Edited by Bablakeluke (12/08/13 06:27 PM)

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#213503 - 12/08/13 10:28 PM Re: New name, but why can't people pronounce it? [Re: Bablakeluke]
Faldage Offline
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For one thing you have a conflict between onion and ion. Also the Ai could be pronounced like a long A or like eye. That's four pronunciations right there. You might also get the inion part pronounced like the bump on the back of the skull, IN-ee-un, giving you Ay-IN-ee-un. I'd be interested in know what all pronunciations you got from your random people. BTW, I googled "ainion" and got 14 billion hits. Might not be a real good name.

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#213504 - 12/08/13 11:38 PM Re: New name, but why can't people pronounce it? [Re: Faldage]
tsuwm Offline
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>14 billion hits

what's up with that?! they all seem to be false hits (okay, I didn't look at all of them).

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#213508 - 12/09/13 06:20 AM Re: New name, but why can't people pronounce it? [Re: tsuwm]
Faldage Offline
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Originally Posted By: tsuwm
>14 billion hits

what's up with that?! they all seem to be false hits (okay, I didn't look at all of them).


Really. I didn't see ainion in any of them. Nor anion neither, which is what Google seemed to think I wanted. It didn't even offer me the option of showing results for ainion instead.

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#213512 - 12/09/13 11:49 AM Re: New name, but why can't people pronounce it? [Re: Bablakeluke]
Jackie Offline

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My first thought was to pronounce it like onion but with a long A at the beginning: ayn-yun. The spelling is confusing.

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#213513 - 12/09/13 04:54 PM Re: New name, but why can't people pronounce it? [Re: Jackie]
olly Offline
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Registered: 12/18/06
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I didn't see ainion in any of them

Type in 'Ainion meaning"
there are references to elves and angels.

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#213515 - 12/09/13 06:14 PM Re: New name, but why can't people pronounce it? [Re: olly]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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Orson Scott Card, author of current movie "Ender's Game",
uses a form ainu, to mean an inner part of an individual
even deeper than a soul.
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#213518 - 12/09/13 09:45 PM Re: New name, but why can't people pronounce it? [Re: olly]
Faldage Offline
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Originally Posted By: olly
I didn't see ainion in any of them

Type in 'Ainion meaning"
there are references to elves and angels.


Anything saying how to pronounce it?

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#213524 - 12/10/13 04:09 AM Re: New name, but why can't people pronounce it? [Re: Bablakeluke]
olly Offline
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Registered: 12/18/06
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Loc: Auckland, New Zealand


Ainion. (Eye-nee-on)

i woulda said ehnion

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#213528 - 12/10/13 08:22 AM Re: some dread fable [Re: Bablakeluke]
zmjezhd Offline
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Just to be contrary I would pronounce it /'injən/ or in curious eye-dialect, unreproducible form "EEN-yun. Goign for a sort of British approximation of Oedipus even though it's probably not from Greek αινος (ainos) 'tale, fable' or αινος (ainos) 'dread, terrible'.

[Fixed typo.]
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