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April W
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It's not about who's right, it's about what's popular! How do you say these common game related words? (Forgive me if a pronunciation comes across as odd, I tried my best to type the words as they sound. This isn't meant to be a debate, but it will probably turn into one.

If you choose the "something else" option please explain in a reply.
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1. Mechanics or Mechanisms?
Mechanics
Mechanisms
Something else
2. When typing about a cooperative game...
Co-op
Coop
Something else
3. How do you pronounce "Catan"
Ka-TAHN
Ka-TAN
Something else
4. How do you pronounce "Agricola"
Ag-ri-COL-a (like agriculture)
aGRIC-ola
Something else
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Steven McKinney
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A coop is something a chicken lives in.
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Richard Sampson
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Where is Cyclades on this poll?
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John Prewitt
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steven1mac wrote:
A coop is something a chicken lives in.


Yeah if someone said WANNA PLAY A COOP I'd laugh
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Joe Fatula
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79strat wrote:
steven1mac wrote:
A coop is something a chicken lives in.


Yeah if someone said WANNA PLAY A COOP I'd laugh

No, you don't understand, it's not competitive. We each play a hen, but you're not trying to defeat the other hens. If the fox breaks in, we all lose as a team.
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Steve B
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Ka-TAHN
Ka-TAN

Zero difference between those the way I say them
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jay
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http://baconbeercanbirkan.com
Almost relevant.
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April W
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bradelli wrote:
Ka-TAHN
Ka-TAN

Zero difference between those the way I say them


I realize this could be problematic depending on where you are from, but here in the US, in Ka-TAN the last part of the word would be how we pronounce the word "tan", but the TAHN would sound more like the word "on".
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Drew
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ras2124 wrote:
Where is Cyclades on this poll?


I figured that was what this thread was going to be about.
 
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Justin Case
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I pronounce "Agricola" sorta like this:







cool
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Chris Graves
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What about Le Havre?
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ras2124 wrote:
Where is Cyclades on this poll?

Is this another ongoing debate? I wasn't aware of this one. How do people say it? To me it seems to have only one logical pronunciation.
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Joe Fatula
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Soleia wrote:
bradelli wrote:
Ka-TAHN
Ka-TAN

Zero difference between those the way I say them


I realize this could be problematic depending on where you are from, but here in the US, in Ka-TAN the last part of the word would be how we pronounce the word "tan", but the TAHN would sound more like the word "on".

This is why English spelling makes for a bad pronunciation guide. Different dialects don't agree on how many vowel sounds we have, let alone how they're pronounced.

For a long treatment of the topic, here's the Wikipedia article on how "a" is pronounced in English.
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voodoochyl wrote:
What about Le Havre?

We might need a second edition of this poll. laugh
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Jordan S.
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bradelli wrote:
Ka-TAHN
Ka-TAN

Zero difference between those the way I say them


How about, "Ka-TAWN"?
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The Shirezu
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I chose aGRIC-ola but that was only after hearing it pronounced in reviews. Until then it was more like the former for me.

bradelli wrote:
Ka-TAHN
Ka-TAN

Zero difference between those the way I say them


Try Ka-TARN vs Ka-TANNE
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John Breckenridge
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It should be coöp.
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bort
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Soleia wrote:
ras2124 wrote:
Where is Cyclades on this poll?

Is this another ongoing debate? I wasn't aware of this one. How do people say it? To me it seems to have only one logical pronunciation.

Sick-lah-deez

Sigh-claydes

Key-claw-des - This is the proper pronunciation in the original Greek (and thus, the *correct* pronunciation).

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Jordan S.
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Also, the pluralization of "ninja":

Ninja

OR

Ninjas

*hint, "ninjas" is wrong.
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Jim Hill
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I don't type coop or co-op in most cases. I type solitaire.

Why get togteher with friends and then play a game you could play on your own?
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Gambiteer wrote:

I pronounce "Agricola" sorta like this:







cool


You sound your Ag-Ricola horn and fans come running from miles away to play.

I need to get myself one of these horns!
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ras2124 wrote:
Where is Cyclades on this poll?


That's what I thought this thread would be about too!
 
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Webhead123 wrote:
Also, the pluralization of "ninja":

Ninja

OR

Ninjas

*hint, "ninjas" is wrong.


The status of loanwords into English from languages that don't have number-agreement is always tricky and generally depends on how commonly used the word is (how nativized it has become), how long it has been in use, and how easily the word can fit into existing grammatical structures. Sushi is clearly a mass noun: "five pieces of sushi" (you can say "five sushis" but it clearly refers to different types of sushi and not individual pieces).

Words for people are never mass nouns in English, so we don't have the option of treating a Japanese loanword like Ninja as one. As it gets more thoroughly integrated into English, it starts acting more like a native English word and less like a loanword, and the English morphological plural becomes more acceptable. We're currently in that period of transition with "ninja." To my ear, both are acceptable although "five ninja" sounds a tad pretentious.

Would you say "five shiba" or "five shibas"?
Would you say "five emoji" or "five emojis"?
Would you say "five rickshaw" or "five rickshaws"?
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A mechanic is someone who fixes cars.
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