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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2010, 09:43:53 PM »
Man-eeh-wah????

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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2010, 09:47:01 PM »
Mah-nan-nan.

Sort of like banana but starting with an m and with an extra n on the end.
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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2010, 09:47:58 PM »
Oh no I heard you, I was just joking around.

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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2010, 10:38:04 PM »
In KQV, Mordack pronounces it Muh-NAN-an.

And I've always pronounced the color "azure" as Ah-Zewer, so that's my 2 cents. XP
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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2010, 10:43:15 PM »
Yeah I figured you did, I just thought the banana thing was funny and wanted a good excuse to post it.
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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #25 on: July 12, 2010, 10:57:29 PM »
In KQV, Mordack pronounces it Muh-NAN-an.

And I've always pronounced the color "azure" as Ah-Zewer, so that's my 2 cents. XP

That's where I heard it!  The version I played as a kid didn't have character voices, all text.


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Yeah I figured you did, I just thought the banana thing was funny and wanted a good excuse to post it.

He probably was called Bananannan by his chums at little wizards school.  That or Pat Buchanannan.  Explains his hatred for life.  
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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #26 on: July 12, 2010, 11:06:34 PM »
I have always pronounced it "Gram"...I thought everyone did, lol.  :P

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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #27 on: July 13, 2010, 12:29:23 AM »
Man-uh-nan here.  Although I could see myself interchanging.
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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #28 on: July 13, 2010, 02:49:47 AM »
Isn't there an Easter Egg in KQI where if you typed in "What is Grahams last name?" it says "Cracker"?
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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #29 on: July 13, 2010, 02:51:34 AM »
I think it was in KQII, but I definitely recall that egg.
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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #30 on: July 13, 2010, 02:58:44 AM »
I think "Gram" must be an American thing. I'd never heard it myself until a few weeks ago when I was listening to Americans talk about King's Quest on youTube.

I've also never heard of a graham cracker, so I never really understood that particular easter egg.

My father-in-law is a Graham and he is most deffinately a Gray-um

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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #31 on: July 13, 2010, 03:01:06 AM »
I think it was in KQII, but I definitely recall that egg.

I believe that you may be correct.  :)

Cedric is the only one I recall actually pronouncing it "Gray-um." And I think Roberta is American, so I'd argue that "gram" is likely the correct pronunciation.
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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #32 on: July 13, 2010, 03:36:55 AM »
Rah!
It's spelt "Graham", it's pronounced "Graham", this is not a matter of opinion! "Gram" is something else entirely -- it is a unit of measurement.
Trust me, I know, my name is Graham and I'm American. The European/American difference is this: in Europe it's more likely to be pronounced "Grayham" whereas in America it's more likely to be pronounced "Grayhum".
I mean, look at the word. Does it look like a single syllable? NO.
And I'd argue that since Roberta named her main character that, she would know how to actually say it.

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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #33 on: July 13, 2010, 03:53:24 AM »
How does everyone else pronounce Manannan?  I've always pronounced it Man-uh-nan but recently I heard someone say Mah-nan-nan. 

I sometimes have problems pronouncing repetative syllables, so I usually dont bother. I just call him Manananananana
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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #34 on: July 13, 2010, 03:57:23 AM »
do you like banananananas rob?  :D

Do they say "Gram" in any particular place in the US or is it all over?
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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #35 on: July 13, 2010, 04:12:29 AM »
do you like banananananas rob?  :D

Do they say "Gram" in any particular place in the US or is it all over?

I don't know but I feel like going on a cross country trip and polling people now.  While I've been all over the US, it's not really a word you overhear people discussing that often on the street.  They've always been "gram" crackers to my family.
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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #36 on: July 13, 2010, 04:14:06 AM »
I'd never heard Graham pronounced "Gray-um" until I heard the narrator say it in KQV, and I'm from the Midwest (US).  My siblings and I found the narrator's pronunciation of his name just as amusing as the death puns, so we'd often mimic "The witch caught Graham 'toad'ily off guard." for his name just as much as the "toadily".  But after that I became used to calling him that.

I still refer to graham crackers as "gram", though.  Can't say I've heard anyone say it differently around here.
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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #37 on: July 13, 2010, 04:23:41 AM »
do you like banananananas rob?  :D

if you loose the -s I do!

It is called banaan in dutch, much easier!
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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #38 on: July 13, 2010, 04:32:25 AM »
I'd heard of Gram Crackers but I thought it was just a name (not realted to Graham in anyway)

Sidewalk/Pavement
Highway/Motorway
Rotary/Roundabout
Elevator/Lift
Gram/Graham

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Re: "Gram", and the pronunciation of character names
« Reply #39 on: July 13, 2010, 04:36:01 AM »
Graham is actually a mixture of grains that those crackers were initially made of, much healthier than what most crackers were made of at the time they were invented. I don't honestly know if that's what they're still made of though. The name Graham (also spelled Graeme or Grahame), however, is supposed to mean "gray or gravelly place" (or "gravelly homestead", depending who you ask :P)
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