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How do you pronounce "Varisia"? What's correct?


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I've been playing a lot of Society games lately, and I noticed that while I pronounce it "var-EE-zhia", some of the others, including a GM, pronounce it "VAR-iss-ee-ah". This also means that I'm referring to its people as "var-EE-zhians", while they call them "VAR-iss-ee-ans".

Who's right?

Liberty's Edge

Everyone I know has said it "var-EE-zhia".

Marathon Voter 2014

Man I have a hard enough time with Sandpoint.

Paizo Employee Developer , Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Varisia is pronounced (vah-RHIS-ee-ah). At least that's how we say it around the office.


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Adam Daigle wrote:
Varisia is pronounced (vah-RHIS-ee-ah). At least that's how we say it around the office.

Wow, really? So they were actually right? I'm shocked.

Liberty's Edge

Adam Daigle wrote:
Varisia is pronounced (vah-RHIS-ee-ah). At least that's how we say it around the office.

Crazy.


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

There is a pronunciation guide in the Pathfinder Chronicles: Campaign Setting book.


Adam Daigle wrote:
Varisia is pronounced (vah-RHIS-ee-ah). At least that's how we say it around the office.

Well that's just silly.


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Rynjin wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
Varisia is pronounced (vah-RHIS-ee-ah). At least that's how we say it around the office.
Well that's just silly.

Still correct.

Some people purposefully mispronounce stuff all the time, and some even get openly upset when corrected, as they believe their pronunciation is better.

Each to their own I suppose.


blackbloodtroll wrote:
Some people purposefully mispronounce stuff all the time, and some even get openly upset when corrected, as they believe their pronunciation is better.

Yeah, like me.

I know that Iomedae is officially pronounced ahy-OH-meh-day. I don't care. I like ahy-AWE-mih-dee, and I'm sticking with it.

Pitax is pronounced pih-TAHKS, but to me, it's PEE-tax.


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Aaron Bitman wrote:
blackbloodtroll wrote:
Some people purposefully mispronounce stuff all the time, and some even get openly upset when corrected, as they believe their pronunciation is better.

Yeah, like me.

I know that Iomedae is officially pronounced ahy-OH-meh-day. I don't care. I like ahy-AWE-mih-dee, and I'm sticking with it.

Pitax is pronounced pih-TAHKS, but to me, it's PEE-tax.

I purposefully mispronounce Jhavhul as Ja Rule.

It pleases me.


I had this exact same thing come up while I was GMing a week ago, and the table next to us asked us the same question, not having heard us talk about it. What's going on??

I personally prefer Va-RHEE-zhuh. Having a hiSSing sound in the middle of the word just doesn't strike me as apropos for the wandering types. And I prenounce Desna DeZZ-nuh.

In my campaign I've decided that people of Chelish descent tend to pronounce it Va-RISS-ee-uh, while native Varisians say Va-RHEE-zhuh.

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Aaron Bitman wrote:
I know that Iomedae is officially pronounced ahy-OH-meh-day. I don't care. I like ahy-AWE-mih-dee, and I'm sticking with it.

I once played with a Paladin who dumped his Intellegence. Instead of pronouncing Iomedae like either of your ways, he simply said "YOM-duh" or stuttered with it "ahy-Oh-memeem... ahy-me-day..." or even just simply said "Sword lady."


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The Rot Grub wrote:

I had this exact same thing come up while I was GMing a week ago, and the table next to us asked us the same question, not having heard us talk about it. What's going on??

I personally prefer Va-RHEE-zhuh. Having a hiSSing sound in the middle of the word just doesn't strike me as apropos for the wandering types. And I prenounce Desna DeZZ-nuh.

In my campaign I've decided that people of Chelish descent tent to pronounce it Va-RISS-ee-uh, while native Varisians say Va-RHEE-zhuh.

I like this, as a compromise.

Paizo Employee Developer , Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

blackbloodtroll wrote:
Rynjin wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
Varisia is pronounced (vah-RHIS-ee-ah). At least that's how we say it around the office.
Well that's just silly.

Still correct.

Some people purposefully mispronounce stuff all the time, and some even get openly upset when corrected, as they believe their pronunciation is better.

Each to their own I suppose.

Yep! And despite me being both crazy and silly, there are plenty of places here in our own world that have weird pronunciations—even when they are the same word. For example, in Manhattan there is a street named Houston that is pronounced HOUSE-ton which totally threw off a Texas boy like me who was pronouncing it like the city Houston (HYOOS-ton). Not to mention how folks in New Orleans pronounce the street named Burgundy.

Language is weird, but if at the end of the day you still convey your meaning it still works.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Yup. There's some wacky pronounciations in the real world. Growing up in New Hampshire, the town of Berlin is pronounced "BEHR-lin", Coos County is pronounced "COH-awse", and Worcester is pronounced "WHIST-er".


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Vuh-riss-ee-uh sounds so much more pleasing to me for some reason. I've always pronounced it that way, as well as all my friends (then again, that's probably because they first heard it from me).

I'm happy to learn that's technically the correct pronunciation, because I'm the kind of guy who will switch the way I pronounce something if it's wrong, no matter what form I used before.

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