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Zeldar
11-18-2010, 09:39 AM
I have yet to read Gulliver's Travels so when I found "houynhnhm" in a puzzle this morning my first thought was "how do you pronounce that?"

No help online that I could find. Any idea?

a35362
11-18-2010, 09:40 AM
Something like "whinnim," I think...?

Zeldar
11-18-2010, 09:41 AM
Thanks. Can somebody translate the effort here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houyhnhnm

Galwegian
11-18-2010, 09:43 AM
From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houyhnhnm):
The name is pronounced either /ˈhuːɪnəm/ or /ˈhwɪnəm/
I think it's supposed to sound like a horse's neigh.

Giles
11-18-2010, 09:45 AM
The problem is that you can only say the word properly if you are a horse -- so if you are a human, you should try to sound like a horse whinnying.

Marley23
11-18-2010, 09:46 AM
I think it's supposed to sound like a horse's neigh.
Right. It's the way you might imagine a talking horse saying the word - "human" with a whinny in it.

WordMan
11-18-2010, 10:02 AM
Right. It's the way you might imagine a talking horse saying the word - "human" with a whinny in it.

That's how I was taught it...

Sam A. Robrin
11-18-2010, 10:20 AM
Like Li'l Abner's "Joe Btfsplk," whose name was intended as the transliteration of a Bronx cheer (giving Al Capp quite the moment in TV interviews), the name has no English pronunciation, and should be sounded.

Johnny L.A.
11-18-2010, 10:28 AM
I agree with everyone who said it's pronounced like a horse's whinny.

Smeghead
11-18-2010, 11:51 AM
Just like it's spelled.

Zeldar
11-18-2010, 11:54 AM
Just like it's spelled.

I must assume you caught the difference in spellings between the title and Wiki?

Elendil's Heir
11-18-2010, 12:58 PM
Something like "whinnim," I think...?

Seconded. Will they appear in the new Jack Black movie?

Smeghead
11-18-2010, 01:49 PM
I must assume you caught the difference in spellings between the title and Wiki?

I was assuming they're hhomynnhhms.

Zeldar
11-18-2010, 02:10 PM
I was assuming they're hhomynnhhms.

Czech

boozilu
11-18-2010, 02:12 PM
I just did the same puzzle!

For a slight hijack, any other sites you can recommend with similar puzzle? I find that a twice-weekly acrostic is not enough!!!

Zeldar
11-18-2010, 02:13 PM
http://ecrostics.com/

obfusciatrist
11-18-2010, 05:18 PM
In my head it is kind of like that sound you make when you're about to puke but the first couple spasms are just really strong dry heaves. But leave off the "oh god..." which inevitably follows.

Zeldar
11-19-2010, 09:05 AM
I just did the same puzzle!

For a slight hijack, any other sites you can recommend with similar puzzle? I find that a twice-weekly acrostic is not enough!!!

Did you check out http://ecrostics.com/ ? I have worked every puzzle there, except for the "cryptic" ones. Reasonable quality and easy to work. I told a friend about the site and he said it won't work on a Mac. Bummer.

I asked for similar sites some time ago and learned about http://www.allstarpuzzles.com/crostic/index.html that way. I have worked all of them as well.

E-crostics is rather random in how often new puzzles appear, but there have been some really fun quotes to come along. Now and then one will be cool enough that I will get a screen shot of it and pass it along to others, since it's rare that the quote will be available as a link.

If you want to work some of the better older puzzles, I have found that these constructors are the most fun:

Puzzles by John Kiernan (367) Feb/2003-Oct/2010
Puzzles by Alice S. (245) Sep/2003-May/2010
Puzzles by Roger Gabrielson (225) Aug/2009-Oct/2010
Puzzles by Jim Sherman (218) Oct/2002-Mar/2010
Puzzles by Judy Miller (161) Apr/2002-Oct/2010
Puzzles by Kenneth Luker (79) Jan/2000-Jul/2010


I need to update my list for Nov/2010.

astorian
11-19-2010, 03:28 PM
For what little it's worth, in the TV miniseries, Ted Danson used the pronunciation "Hwinnums."

But I agree that Swift's intention was to spell out the sound of a horse neighing phonetically.

jackdavinci
11-19-2010, 04:01 PM
From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houyhnhnm):
I think it's supposed to sound like a horse's neigh.

Even a horse's neigh is not immune to the powers of the IPA.

The effort on the wiki page results in hoo-ih-nuhm or hwih-nuhm

Zeldar
11-22-2010, 10:08 AM
I just did the same puzzle!

For a slight hijack, any other sites you can recommend with similar puzzle? I find that a twice-weekly acrostic is not enough!!!

Today's ( http://www.allstarpuzzles.com/crostic/00891.html ) may be the easiest puzzle I have worked there! It is at least funny. :)

cochrane
11-22-2010, 12:35 PM
Just like it's spelled.

I must assume you caught the difference in spellings between the title and Wiki?I think you were whooshed. It sounds like he's referring to Wojo (Max Gail) from Barney Miller.

"You spell it just the way you pronounce it. W-O-J-C-I-E-H-O-W-I-C-Z. 'Wojohowitz'."

Zeldar
11-22-2010, 12:38 PM
I think you were whooshed. It sounds like he's referring to Wojo (Max Gail) from Barney Miller.

"You spell it just the way you pronounce it. W-O-J-C-I-E-W-I-C-Z. 'Wojohowitz'."

Thanks. I'll buy that I was whooshed.

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