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David "Davy" Ashleydale
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How is Dixit pronounced? Is it like "fix it", but with a "D"? Or is it more like dee-sheet?
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The word comes directly from Latin, in which the pronunciation would be the first example you list: "Diks-it" or "Deeks-eet" (depending on how snooty you want to sound)

Even in French (significant, since the game was originally published in French), the pronunciation still follows the Latin and enunciates the "t", which would otherwise be silent:
http://fr.wiktionary.org/wiki/dixit

Perhaps someone associated directly with the game can comment, but until then, I'd feel pretty safe with this pronunciation....
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Matt Musselman
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By the way, it literally means "[he/she/it] says", if that makes any difference.
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Wow... I've been meaning to ask this same question.

We tend to call it Dix-it (like "fix-it") in our group, but at one point we wondered if it was pronounced like the word "deceit", which would fit the theme of the game.

Cheers.
 
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It rhymes with "Fix it"

I just hope nobody asks about how to pronounce "Cyclades".
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This all makes more sense than the the definition someone in our group found: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dikshit
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For those interested in the Latin: "Dixit" is the third person perfect of "dicere", to say. So the translation would be "he [or she] said". And it rhymes with "fix-it" in both classical and ecclesiastical pronunciations.

Now, if I could just get my hands on the game...
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dazeysan wrote:
This all makes more sense than the the definition someone in our group found: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dikshit


you must have a poker player in your group...
 
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It's still a rubbish name though. 'Dicks it.' Someone always brings that up.

Latin isn't automatically pretentious if you choose a stupid-sounding word.
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Flames of Azure wrote:
It's still a rubbish name though. 'Dicks it.' Someone always brings that up.

You're the only one I remember bringing it up... I guess you are that "someone" who always brings it up. Ipse dixit!
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In French, it's "Deeks-it".

I concur it comes from Latin and mean "(s)he said". Moreover in French (I don't know if it is used like this anywhere else), it's an old-fashioned way of telling you're just quoting somebody else (a bit like "sic" means you didn't correct a bad spelling).
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quardlepleen wrote:
It rhymes with "Fix it"

I just hope nobody asks about how to pronounce "Cyclades".


Every now and again, I'm tempted to keep you busy by starting, "How do you pronounce ... " threads on other Asmodee games.

Claustrophobia, for example.

The only thing that stops me is the sure knowledge that you would get even with me at GenCon.



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Interesting. I just had someone tell me: "it's French, pronounced like the English 'deceit'."
I was overjoyed at the revelation that now the title was a great play on words, apropos to the game, for an English audience too.

Sadly, it appears they were wrong. The French "Deek-sit" is still better than how we were pronouncing it.
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emperors_spork wrote:
Interesting. I just had someone tell me: "it's French, pronounced like the English 'deceit'."
I was overjoyed at the revelation that now the title was a great play on words, apropos to the game, for an English audience too.

Sadly, it appears they were wrong. The French "Deek-sit" is still better than how we were pronouncing it.


The French pronunciation is the same as classical Latin. The first 'i' in the perfect tense of 'dico' is long and the 'i' in the 3rd singular ending is short. With continental vowel quantities, that's basically 'deek-sit.'

But if most people say 'dick-sit,' I'm cool with that.
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