brightwanderer: Guardian Sol from Celestial Chronicle (Default)
So I try very hard when inventing my fantasy names not to make them so unintuitive that you need a pronunciation guide at the front of the book to get anywhere - and to make them "fail well" so that even if someone isn't pronouncing them the way I would, they're still coming up with something that sounds sensible.

I have one big glaring exception to this practice: the city of Thari. The TH is hard. The A is long. It should come out as TARR-EE, rhyming with "starry", not with "carry". It ended up that way due to Totally Legitimate Conlang Considerations (tm) and it's one of the few names I am not sure I could bear to change... but I am struggling with how to make the pronunciation apparent in fiction.

So far my best option might be to have Jenna mispronounce it and be corrected - except I find it hard to believe someone as thoroughly trained in politics as she is would make that mistake. Maybe I can get someone else from Merresh in somewhere, and Jenna corrects them... eh. I feel like if I'm going to flag up "Btw, it's pronounced like THIS", it needs to be very near the beginning... my own experience with names and so on is that if I spend half a book thinking something is said one way, or a character looks a certain way, new information doesn't always change my mind.

TL;DR I probably should not have used common English consonant combination in an utterly un-English way in the name of one of my primary locations...


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