Auphe Pronounciation Lesson18 Jan 2011, Posted by Blog, Rob Thurman's Twitter, The Cal Leandros Novels in
I get this question frequently. How do you pronounce Auphe? Well, it is difficult. I don’t even know how it’s pronounced in the audio books (nope, I don’t have time to even listen to my own audio books.) So here we go: in the original dictionary from the 1800s, I found it in it is a synonym for elf (I never once thought of using elf to label the Auphe as they are worlds away from elves–even demonic elves). The dictionary read that it was pronounced ‘Off’ or ‘Ouphe’. However, the Auphe language cannot be spoken by the human tongue (or many supernatural ones for that matter, even Goodfellow doesn’t know the language–only Cal from his two amnesiac years in Tumulus knows it/can speak it, but only on rare occasions when faced by an Auphe–otherwise it’s lost in the dark of his mind. Darkling knew it but mentioned it was painful to hear or speak and then there is one other person ***(spoilers!)*** who knows it. So officially it sounds somewhere between “Off’ and “Auph-fey” to the human ear and is not entirely unpronounceable by anyone but an Auphe. And hearing it feels like someone shoving ground glass in your ear. Yes, I made things difficult for myself. So if anyone knows HOW they pronounced it in the audiobook, I’m curious. I’m curious to know if they got Abbagor right, too. Or Vayash (Vay-ash—last A as in ah.) Surely that one wasn’t too difficult though.