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Keng Leong Yeo
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Singapore
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小富靠勤,中富靠智,大富靠德。
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My Significant Other and I joined up with a gaming group recently. One of my discoveries whilst gaming there was that we have been mispronouncing quite a few boardgame names all this while. blush

Here is a list of them, and feel free to add yours.
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51. Board Game: Alcatraz: The Scapegoat [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1444]
Rafał Cywicki
Poland
Cracow
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"Alcatraz Escape Goat" does this count?
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52. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:315]
Kai Bettzieche
Germany
Eppelsheim
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Whereas the German title is pretty straightforward (at least for a German): "Durch die Wüste", the English title forces you to remind the difference between "desert" and "dessert"!!

(Oh, btw: Have fun pronouncing my surname right .. and don't worry. Most Germans get it wrong, too ..)
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53. Board Game: Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game – The Path to Y'ha-nthlei Asylum pack [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
Ken Grazier
United States
South Euclid
Ohio
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Anyone wanna give this one a shot?
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54. Board Game: Chez Geek [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:3952]
Ken Grazier
United States
South Euclid
Ohio
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I've heard "chez" (almost like cheese) and not "shay" so many times...
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55. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:402]
Ken Grazier
United States
South Euclid
Ohio
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I've heard "day", "dee", and the occasional "duh" for this game.
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56. Board Game: Mü & More [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:515]
Ken Grazier
United States
South Euclid
Ohio
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I've heard "myu" and "moo"... How should it be pronounced?
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57. Board Game: Nicht die Bohne! [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1865]
Ken Grazier
United States
South Euclid
Ohio
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I know I butcher the name, and my friends who know a bit of German cringe everytime I suggest we play it.
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58. Board Game: Oceania [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:3792]
Ken Grazier
United States
South Euclid
Ohio
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"O-shun-ee-aa", "o-shi-nee-aa", or the off the wall "o-shee-an-ee-aa"
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59. Board Game: Toledo [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1640]
Ken Grazier
United States
South Euclid
Ohio
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I've heard this as the city in Ohio "toe-lee-doe", but also as "toe-lay-doe".
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60. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:152]
Dave Hamrick
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Moore
OK
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TIE-COOL

TEE-CULL

TEE-CALL

TAY-COOL

TICKLE?

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61. Board Game: Tannhäuser [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1317]
Miah Terry
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Huntington
West Virginia
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Even I don't say this right and I've had four years of German.

The umlaut (little dots over the A) means it should sound like TannhOIser, and not TannhOWser.
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62. Board Game: Charon Inc. [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2461]
Kevin Garnica
United States
Buena Park
California
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Pronounced: Karen Ink.
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63. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:38]
Andy Leighton
England
Peterborough
Unspecified
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I wouldn't have thought it was difficult but listen to John Knoerser in the video Aldie uploaded on the games page. Or even the Joel Eddy video.
Scott Nicholson pronounces it close enough to me, with a long a in the first syllable.

So tra jarn (with a short a in tra) or tray jan (with the a in jan almost squashed to a schwa).

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64. Board Game: Riesenflugzeugabteilungen [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked]
Albert Jr. Cukingnan
Philippines
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...so out of curiosity, how do you pronounce this one?
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65. Board Game: Tournay [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:552]
Craig.
United States
Ohio
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Another French name that I can't quite pronounce right...
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66. Board Game: Caribbean [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:1910]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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Just had to add this one as I know you guys in the US pronounce it completely differently to us brits
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67. Board Game: Cluzzle [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2110]
Tim Schmitt
United States
South Portland
Maine
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The insert states that it should be pronounced to rhyme with puzzle. But the person who introduced it to me pronounces it "clue - zel".
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68. Board Game: En Garde [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1370]
Shannon Kane
United States
Nashua
New Hampshire
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It's not On Guard-a.

I've heard everyone from a guy reviewing on The Dice Tower to customers in the game store I work at and once a coworker explaining the game pronounce it completely wrong.

I even did it once because I kept hearing it.
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69. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
United States
Houston
Texas
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I don't understand why everyone gets bent out of shape over the pronunciation of Troyes, but are perfectly fine butchering this one.

From what I understand, it should rhyme with "deceit," and is intended as a pun.
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70. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:277]
Bryan Buchsdrucker
Canada
Calgary
AB
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I have heard this one pronounced Bow-han-za

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71. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.82 Overall Rank:10753]
Doc Bullseye
United States
Brownsburg
Indiana
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Most Americans would probably pronounce the second word as "meh-mo" instead of "may-mo".
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72. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:41]
Ryan S
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Avery
Idaho
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My 5 year old daughter keeps calling this, "The Doctor Game."

I don't know why. Pan-dem-ic seems easy enough to me.
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73. Board Game: Garibaldi: The Escape [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2246]
Sarah McDowell
United States
Midlothian
Virginia
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Gary- baldy?
Gee-ree-baldy?
Gahr-i-ball-dee?

I know it's doable, but I just can't get it right.
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74. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:63]
Pseudo Pserious
United States
Shreveport
Louisiana
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Is it TEE-choo, tee-choo, or tee-shoo?

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75. Board Game: Strozzi [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1196]
Richard Lea
United Kingdom
Leeds
County: West Yorkshire
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Strott-zi

I keep hearing this pronounced with a 'zz' as in 'fuzzy', instead of as a 'tz'. Italian is consistent in its pronunciation, so think how you would (I assume) pronounce the word 'pizza'!

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