And now, a stupid question...

And now, a stupid question...

Postby MrBusiness on Mon Dec 16, 2002 3:35 pm

Ok, in all the time i've read Riboflavin i've never understood one thing, and that thing is "how the feck do i say Raile's name?"

Does it sound most like and any of the following:
1) Riley (in other words is the "e" emphasized or silent?)
2) Rile (i.e. to get riled up about something)
3) Rail (i.e. a monorail)
4) A 4th pronunciation that has escpaed my puny brain's grasp.

Stupid question, but i'd hate to think i was pronouncing it like a fop all this time. Okey dokey, that's all.
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Postby James Thorpe on Mon Dec 16, 2002 5:33 pm

Well, I say 'Rail'.
I kinda like the idea that there's a very subtle kink in the pronunciation, kind of like 'Raoul' but with an 'i' instead of an 'o' ('Ray-iel', you might say). But 'Rail' is better for everyone, because god knows, a lot of folks can't handle subtle differences!
I made up the name 'Raile' because I wanted to give him a Japanese surname, but counter it with a first name which would translate horribly into Japanese ('Lail'?! 'Lair'?! 'Rare'?!). I'm pretty sure 'Mizutane' is a word for elves and the Fair folk and soforth (there are reasons I used it), but I can't find corroboration in any online source. If I can find my English/Japanese dictionary again, I'll check.

The girl in this week's strip is saying 'Rai' as in, 'Ray'.
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Postby Concubine on Tue Dec 17, 2002 10:28 pm

Just for the record, in case anyone was wondering, I pronounced it "Rail" in my head.
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Postby James Thorpe on Tue Dec 17, 2002 11:14 pm

Heheh, I guess you get boasting rights, Concubine? -.o
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Postby Richard, Eater Of Souls on Wed Dec 18, 2002 12:25 am

If only it could have been "Raul", James. If only.
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Postby James Thorpe on Wed Dec 18, 2002 7:27 am

Impossible, Richard! -- Raile is quite tall, and does not possess Psychopower!
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Postby Vlad Damien on Wed Dec 18, 2002 8:49 am

... not that we know of...

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Postby James Thorpe on Wed Dec 18, 2002 8:53 pm

*taps nose knowingly*
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Postby Richard, Eater Of Souls on Thu Dec 19, 2002 2:54 am

Psycho Power, no... but the Angry of Murder!?
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Postby James Thorpe on Thu Dec 19, 2002 6:16 am

The Angry of Grr, certainly...
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Postby Richard, Eater Of Souls on Thu Dec 19, 2002 6:59 am

To our knowledge, he never killed anyone, granted.

"Fury of Scowling Raile", on a moonlit night! His blood might go crazy.
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Postby FAULT on Mon Jan 27, 2003 8:30 pm

Why couldn't he have been Raziel? ;)

me heh.
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