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    I'd like to ask MM, or anyone fluent in german, how do you pronounce the "Minct" bit of Von Minct?
    Last edited by Shalenak; 05-12-2010, 01:58 AM.
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    Originally posted by Shalenak View Post
    I'd like to ask MM, or anyone fluent in german, how do you pronounce the "Minct" bit of Von Minct?
    Well, I'm not fluent in German, but I remember some school-day German:

    'c' in German is largely pronounced 'k' as in English, so 'minct' would sound 'minked', as in 'inked'
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    • #3
      Shalenak, Visit the Moorcock Inn and see the problems Reinart is in mixing up ' Minct ' with ' Minx ' !!!!!!! He's still running !!!


      , [Ok Emerson ...oot the motor !!!!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by white wolf's son View Post
        Shalenak, Visit the Moorcock Inn and see the problems Reinart is in mixing up ' Minct ' with ' Minx ' !!!!!!! He's still running !!!
        I'll check it out. I wonder why MM used a distinctly ungermanic sounding name as Minct? I wonder if it means something in some language connected to german?
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          Originally posted by In_Loos_Ptokai View Post
          Well, I'm not fluent in German, but I remember some school-day German:

          'c' in German is largely pronounced 'k' as in English, so 'minct' would sound 'minked', as in 'inked'
          Thats the way I was pronouncing it in my head, but I just wanted to find out how MM pronounces it. After all it might be pronounced "Mincht" with the "ch" being pronounced as in scottish "loch".
          And don't get me started on "Voilodion Ghagnasdiak"!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Shalenak View Post
            ...I just wanted to find out how MM pronounces it...
            Ah, the old 'Author's Pronunciation' question. eh?*

            Well, see here and here and here and here.

            See also:
            Originally posted by Michael Moorcock View Post
            Asked by someone how I pronounced my name (they had insisted on calling me Mr Moorco' -- as in Co'burn) I told them that the proper form was Muck.
            *This should really be in the FAQ, shouldn't it?
            _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
            _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
            _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
            _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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              Thanks for the links David.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Shalenak View Post
                Originally posted by white wolf's son View Post
                Shalenak, Visit the Moorcock Inn and see the problems Reinart is in mixing up ' Minct ' with ' Minx ' !!!!!!! He's still running !!!
                I'll check it out. I wonder why MM used a distinctly ungermanic sounding name as Minct? I wonder if it means something in some language connected to german?
                My guess is that it's derived from Sorbian or Polabian. It's neither Polish or Czech, the other two Slavic languages. Though of course there is always the possibility it is Old Prussian ....

                What is now Germany covered a lot of formerly Slavic and Baltic territories at one point, though now we're accustomed to think of it all as Germanic.
                sigpic Myself as Mephistopheles (Karen Koed's painting of me, 9 Nov 2008, U of Canterbury, CHCH, NZ)

                Gold is the power of a man with a man
                And incense the power of man with God
                But myrrh is the bitter taste of death
                And the sour-sweet smell of the upturned sod,

                Nativity,
                by Peter Cape

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                • #9
                  Yep. I pronounce it as if the c were k. But honestly I can't remember how I arrived at the name. Very little I write is unconsidered or accidental so I must have had some reason, but it was some fifteen years ago and I'm an old, tired man.Still, it might come back to me.

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