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Old January 9 2009, 09:41 PM   #1
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Dune pronunciation question

I'm reading Dune and was wondering how you pronounce "Bene Gesserit."
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Old January 9 2009, 09:46 PM   #2
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Re: Dune pronunciation question

like benny jezerit?

couldn't have picked something else like Thufir or Sardaukar? hehe

anway. . . I suppose the films would have the correct pronounciations
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Old January 9 2009, 09:47 PM   #3
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"Benny Jesserit"

But I spell "relief" R-O-L-A-I-D-S
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Old January 9 2009, 10:02 PM   #4
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Dune has a few ambiguous or difficult pronunciations. I don't think there's a way to pronounce "Tleilaxu" that sounds cool.
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Old January 9 2009, 10:25 PM   #5
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Re: Dune pronunciation question

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I'm reading Dune and was wondering how you pronounce "Bene Gesserit."
I always thought it was ben-AY GES-ser-uht. That's how it is in the David Lynch film, at any rate.
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Old January 10 2009, 04:08 AM   #6
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It's actually pronounced just like the Elton John song.

Bene & the Gesserits

Hey kid, stick your hand in the box
The gom jabar's on your jugglar
And you'll be deader than Redd Foxx
If you take it out
So please stick around
You're gonna feel flesh-eating pain
Screamin' walls of sound

Say, Leto and Jess, have you seen them yet
But they're so spaced out, Bene Gesserit
Oh but they're weird and they're wonderful
Oh Jessy she's really keen
She's got a fat evil father and a still suit
You know I read it in a magazine
Bene Gesserit

Hey kids, plug into the faithless
Maybe they're blinded
But Bene makes them ageless
We shall survive, let us take our female flock
Where we fight the Fremen out in the dunes
To find out who's the Kwisatz Haderach

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Old January 10 2009, 04:34 AM   #7
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Re: Dune pronunciation question

My take: Bennay Jess-er-et. Stress on first syllables.
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Old January 11 2009, 04:46 AM   #8
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I would take the pronunciations from the movie and not the miniseries. Frank Herbert was actually involved with the movie and I believe those pronunciations to be correct. One of my biggest annoyance with the mini-series was the pronunciation of Harkonnen. Every time someone said Harkonnen in the mini-series, it was like listening to nails on a chalk board.
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Old January 11 2009, 02:55 PM   #9
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Re: Dune pronunciation question

I was learning German at school when I first read Dune and "pronounced" Sardauker as if it was German. Some years later a friend and I had an argument about how the names were pronounced and he particularly objected that.

Personally, I think it's Ben-ay (rhymes with day) Jes-er-rit.

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Dune has a few ambiguous or difficult pronunciations. I don't think there's a way to pronounce "Tleilaxu" that sounds cool.
I thought T'lie-lax-oo was OK.
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Old January 11 2009, 06:12 PM   #10
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I pronounce it as if it were latin: Bennay Gesserit (with a hard "g", not a "j" sound).

Not that it really matters. I can't speak Galach.
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Old February 17 2010, 07:47 PM   #11
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I agree with the annoying way the Dune Mini-Series tried everything to be "anti original movie" such as pronouncing Harkonnen "hark enen".

If they had even read the original books, the Harkonnens took their name from the town of Harko on Geidi Prime.

Ben-A Jesserit (accent on the second syllable A).
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Old February 17 2010, 08:16 PM   #12
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I've read that Frank Herbert took the name from the legal Latin phrase "quamdiu se bene gesserit" -- "as long as he/she shall have behaved well". If that's the case, it should probably be pronounced "benneh gesserit" with the stress on the first syllable of each word, and a hard "g" (as in "gutteral") rather than a soft "g" (as in "gem").
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Old February 18 2010, 12:27 AM   #13
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I twitch like crazy every time I hear "Muad D'ib" pronounced "mwaDIB." Dammit, those are two words. It's Muad D'ib. That's Mooahd. Dib. There are TWO Ds, one at the end of the first word, one at the beginning of the second. It's the same sound you get in "bad dog." You don't say "badog."

Oh, and it's not "Chain-ee". It's CHAHN-ee."
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Old February 18 2010, 01:39 AM   #14
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I use the pronunciations used in the Lynch film. I saw that before reading the book, so it kinda stuck.
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Old February 18 2010, 04:21 AM   #15
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Re: Dune pronunciation question

The DVD of the Lynch movie has a booklet that includes definitions and pronounciations Dune terms. It comes in quite handy.

One thing that always got me, how is the name Leto supposed to be pronounced? The movie pronounces it Lee-to, while the mini pronounces it Lay-to.

Personally, I prefer Lay-to, as it sounds cooler, but was curious what thoughts everyone else had on this matter.
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