So, how does one pronounce Wynwerod?

So, how does one pronounce Wynwerod?
If I remember my Middle English, it’s w’s as w’s, not as v’s, y as a short i, not a long one, and a long o?
So…win-wuh-rode, not vine-va-rahd?

But I know @wlonk will know for sure…

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I think it would be /ˡwynwɛɾod/ or so, which is no help if you don’t read IPA. The “w” in Old English (a wynn in the texts, but we modernize it as a “w”) is a “wuh” sound, not a “vuh” sound. The “y” is contentious, and probably regionally variable; it may have been rounded or not, depending on when and where you were. In any case, we don’t have that in modern English, so that’d be a marked affectation to include, so let’s presume unrounded. The “e” and “o” are pretty much “eh” and “oh”. The stress is on the first syllable presumably, being a compound of “wyn” and “werod”, and English compound word stress being what it is.

So: WIN-weh-rode about does it yeah.

ETA: Oh and: I think we’re talking Old English, not Middle English here—think Beowulf, not Chaucer. (But the “w” is a “w” not a “v” in both!)

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@wlonk is correct with the Old English pronunciation.

Using modern English phonetics, I pronounce it as win-wuh-rod /ˡwɪn.wə.ɾɔd/, with stress on the first sillable. A short explanation:

  • Lacking /y/ in modern English, /ɪ/ is the closest pronunciation.
  • The unstressed /ɛ/ is likely to get neutralized to /ə/ by most native speakers. (Although “weh” /wɛ/ is fine, if one finds that natural)
  • I think rod /ɾɔd/ feels right to me, as opposed to rode pronounced as rowed /ɾoʊd/. But if there is a good reason to prefer the latter, I’m game.

Really, you should pronounce however it feels natural to you. This is an international community and I can imagine that depending on your native language you’ll approximate the name differently. For example, when speaking Italian I pronounce it uìnuerod /ˡwin.we.rɔd/, with a rolled r, and I’m sure some will realise it as /ˡwin.we.rɔd.də/. I can imagine Finns pronouncing it /wyn.wɛ.rɔd/ and Germans /ˡvʏn.və.ɹo:t/ or /wʏn.wə.ɹo:t/. All are fine.

Which brings to mind—this is a really good occasion to ask you @PaulCzege how to pronounce the “cz” in your last name. Is that by chance of Polish or Czech origin?

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I pronounce Czege like the game console, say-ga.

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Oh, you have no idea what this sounds like to Italians.

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And this is still an extremely charitable picture! :rofl:

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