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Offline Smood

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Steve is great.. but...
« on: March 08, 2006, 06:35:17 pm »
Just 1 thing that I find a bit strange... why does steve sometimes say word phonetically, for example..

Compass: Its commonly pronounced 'cumpass' (with respect to what appears to be an italian accent but even canadian or US accents),
but steve says 'COHMP-ISS'

Another is Mage (as in wizard), its pronounced 'Mayge'
but steve says 'MAH-GE'

I know its a insignificant point but was just wondering why he pronounces these terms like that (there are others).

But respect to you steve you are doing great work!




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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2006, 06:37:18 pm »
Just 1 thing that I find a bit strange... why does steve sometimes say word phonetically, for example..

Compass: Its commonly pronounced 'cumpass' (with respect to what appears to be an italian accent but even canadian or US accents),
but steve says 'COHMP-ISS'

Another is Mage (as in wizard), its pronounced 'Mayge'
but steve says 'MAH-GE'

I know its a insignificant point but was just wondering why he pronounces these terms like that (there are others).

But respect to you steve you are doing great work!



I don't know why you need to nitpick on how words are pronounced. and I believe Steve is from NYC, so it could be his accent.

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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2006, 06:47:16 pm »
It is his accent. I haven't heard it anywhere else, but I am told by my sister who has been to Manhattan that he sounds like he has a light New York accent. It just affects his speech. :)

It isn't phonetically, if it was, he would be saying EM-AI-GEE for Mage, instead his accent makes him say Mashje. ;)

I can tell because I have been through several years of speech therapy to correct my "R" and "S" and "SH" sounds, with my accent sounding very New England/ Bostonian, where I would replace an "R" sound with a "W" sound and drop the first consonant of every word.

Steve's accent causes his "SH" sound to bleed into his "J" sounds, which is a very minor change. It means the movements he uses to create the "J" sound are similar to his "SH" sound, which is common in the North Eastern United States.

I hope that answered your question. :)

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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2006, 06:48:15 pm »
Ya I really did not mean this to be a knock at steve or the show I was just more curious then anything.

Oh and 1 more..

For the term Boulder's as in Blouder's gate.. its pronounced 'bolders'
but steve says 'BAHLDERS'


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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2006, 06:50:05 pm »
Ya I really did not mean this to be a knock at steve or the show I was just more curious then anything.

Oh and 1 more..

For the term Boulder's as in Blouder's gate.. its pronounced 'bolders'
but steve says 'BAHLDERS'



I thought it was spelled Baldur's gate not Boulder's gate.

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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2006, 06:52:18 pm »
Ya I really did not mean this to be a knock at steve or the show I was just more curious then anything.

Oh and 1 more..

For the term Boulder's as in Blouder's gate.. its pronounced 'bolders'
but steve says 'BAHLDERS'



I thought it was spelled Baldur's gate not Boulder's gate.

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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2006, 07:23:44 pm »
It's my accent, nothing more. Slight NYC accent added to the fact that I try to speak clearly which can result in some odd pronunciations.

And I thought it was "Baldur's" (hard "a") Gate and not "Boulder's" ("o" for the "a") Gate as that is what the guys at Bioware always said when I talked to them. But what do they know! ;)
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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2006, 07:24:35 pm »
Ya I really did not mean this to be a knock at steve or the show I was just more curious then anything.

Oh and 1 more..

For the term Boulder's as in Blouder's gate.. its pronounced 'bolders'
but steve says 'BAHLDERS'



Steve pronounces Baldur's Gate with the "A" sound from CAT, where as I pronounce it with the "A" sound from WALL.

Apples and Oranges. ;)

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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2006, 07:30:31 pm »
Ya I really did not mean this to be a knock at steve or the show I was just more curious then anything.

Oh and 1 more..

For the term Boulder's as in Blouder's gate.. its pronounced 'bolders'
but steve says 'BAHLDERS'





Steve pronounces Baldur's Gate with the "A" sound from CAT, where as I pronounce it with the "A" sound from WALL.

Apples and Oranges. ;)

My fault what I meant was what. 'B-aul-der's gate rather then B-ah-lder's'

But anyways  thanks for the reply Steve.

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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2006, 08:17:34 pm »
Good thread, everyone needs to start doing mp3 questions for the show so we can make fun of all of our accents, not just steve's. :P

Anyways this thread reminded me of my old runningback coach/sociology teacher. He couldnt say any words with the "TH" sound to it. So instead of him saying,"Three hundred thirty three and a third" he'd say something like "Tree hundred tirty tree and a tird" was pretty funny, and he used it all the time on purpose while he was teaching/telling jokes or whatever, quite comical.


And I kid, I know no one was making fun of steve, you were just wondering  :P

It wouldn't be such a good idea to make fun of Steve, I don't think.... Id imagine itd be something to the caliber of making fun of the Godfather. Next thing you know, you were banned from ever purchasing a copy of Oblivion and Spore.
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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2006, 08:21:01 pm »
he is not making fun of steve, he is just nitpicking over pronouncecation...

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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2006, 08:24:35 pm »
I think when it comes to how people pronounce the names of games and things in games that you should be prepared to hear anything.

I mean... we have all heard people call game related things by completely different names than by what we think they are.


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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2006, 08:27:40 pm »
Like that whole "Lahdihm" thing?

Actually, you probably don't remember that.
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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2006, 08:46:00 pm »
I like how he says Mare-io.  His accent is most apparent though, when he goes into rants.
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Re: Steve is great.. but...
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2006, 10:23:14 am »
Baldur is actually pronounced bal(hard a)-dur, with the fur sounding a bit like duor, only shorter. Kind of Mordor language "ur". It's a nordic word, so I should know.