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Pronunciation of Magus

Postby Hazelbrook » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:22 pm

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Postby iWitch » Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:38 pm

I think you will find its pronounced as per the dictionary's instructions ...

May (as in the month)
Gus (as in the name for a dog or a gust of wind, minus the "t"). :lol:
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Postby Hazelbrook » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:17 pm

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Postby kit » Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:36 am

Hi Hazelbrook - yes, iWitch is right. A hard g in the middle with the emphasis on the first syllable. There was a big discussion about this on the forum some time ago but I can't remember which thread. That's the trouble with forums (NB iWitch - fora!!!) isn't it - things end up buried in the past and you can't find them again. Anyway, I hope your group were interested in the book. Bright blessings! :D
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Postby Hazelbrook » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:04 am

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Postby Firecracker » Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:37 pm

That is funny because I had been saying it wrong in my head :lol: I was saying the MAG part like if you were starting magazine :D
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Postby iWitch » Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:28 pm

kit wrote:There was a big discussion about this on the forum some time ago but I can't remember which thread.


There was indeed and its taken me two days to find it! :lol: Here is the thread. See Kit's post dated 15 August 2007. :P

kit wrote:That's the trouble with forums (NB iWitch - fora!!!)


Aw, thanks for that. :lol: :wink:
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Postby Hazelbrook » Thu Feb 07, 2008 5:09 pm

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Postby Sujee » Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:44 pm

I was saying it May-jus with a soft G - will find it hard to change now, and evern harder to admit that my friend was saying it right all along...! LOL
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Postby cornmother » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:16 am

Oh groan! Just as we're getting it right, we've got singer DJ Bishi heading for the charts with her song Magus - sounding like May-juice. Perhaps somebody should tell her?
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Postby Felicity » Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:39 am

I'm with Sujee: may - JUS. Just like the Tarot card. Don't forget the Magi (pronounced ma - JI) from the Nativity story. xxxx
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Postby cornmother » Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:55 am

Hi Felicity
You beat me to it! I was going to mention Magi (as in The Adoration of the Magi picture). English is a funny old language ('old' being the relative word, with its various roots!). Think about Celtic (as in Keltick) and Celtic (Seltick), the football team - I wince every time I hear that pronounced!
Those of us of a certain vintage will remember John Fowles's book The Magus, and as I remember, it was always referred to with a hard 'g'. May-goose or May-juice - guess we should go with Kit's preferred pronunciation (and keep spreading the word!). :?
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Postby Beantighe » Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:36 am

I haven't heard of John Fowles's book The Magus, but if it's a book, how do we know how 'Magus' was pronounced?

As far as I am aware, 'magus' is one of those funny irregular English words that is pronounced with the 'g' as in 'goat' in the singular, and 'g' as in 'gist' in the plural. So it's 'may-gus' (singular) but 'may-j-eye (plural). Anyway, those are the pronunciations that I use.

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Postby Carprimulgidae » Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:30 pm

I will be sticking to Kit's version, this is getting too much for me :D

wonder what it would be in Welsh :?:
Not even going to go down that road, keep it simple :wink:
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Postby Lirazel » Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:36 pm

As far as I am aware, 'magus' is one of those funny irregular English words that is pronounced with the 'g' as in 'goat' in the singular, and 'g' as in 'gist' in the plural. So it's 'may-gus' (singular) but 'may-j-eye (plural).


Now I'm really confused - whilst reading THE books I was using the soft 'G' as in goat for Magus (as suggested above) but after reading what people said on the forum I tried to change it.

Back to square one me thinks...
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