Dune pronunciation question

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Starfleet Engineer, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Starfleet Engineer

    Starfleet Engineer Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 16, 2002
    I'm reading Dune and was wondering how you pronounce "Bene Gesserit."
  2. backstept

    backstept Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 4, 2005
    like benny jezerit? :lol:

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

    anway. . . I suppose the films would have the correct pronounciations
  3. Ptrope

    Ptrope Agitator Admiral

    Aug 10, 2001
    "Benny Jesserit"

    But I spell "relief" R-O-L-A-I-D-S :D
  4. Smiley

    Smiley Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 8, 2005
    Chandler, AZ
    Dune has a few ambiguous or difficult pronunciations. I don't think there's a way to pronounce "Tleilaxu" that sounds cool.
  5. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

    May 10, 2005
    The visitor's bullpen
    I always thought it was ben-AY GES-ser-uht. That's how it is in the David Lynch film, at any rate.
  6. MeanJoePhaser

    MeanJoePhaser Admiral

    Aug 21, 2003
    Missile Command
    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
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2009
  7. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Oct 30, 1999
    My take: Bennay Jess-er-et. Stress on first syllables.
  8. Tom Hendricks

    Tom Hendricks Kylo failed you, I won't. Premium Member

    Jun 7, 2004
    Tom Hendricks
    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.
  9. TigerOfDarkness

    TigerOfDarkness Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Mar 2, 2005
    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.

    I thought T'lie-lax-oo was OK.
  10. The Mirrorball Man

    The Mirrorball Man Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 18, 1999
    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.
  11. Tpring

    Tpring Cadet Newbie

    Feb 17, 2010
    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).
  12. Asbo Zaprudder

    Asbo Zaprudder Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 14, 2004
    Bulent's Cafe
    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").
  13. AJBryant

    AJBryant Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Mar 13, 2006
    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."
  14. Kirkman1987

    Kirkman1987 Commodore Commodore

    Mar 3, 2008
    I use the pronunciations used in the Lynch film. I saw that before reading the book, so it kinda stuck.
  15. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    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.
  16. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk The Walrus Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Sitting on a cornflake.
    Always thought it was Lee-to. Could be Leh-to. Lay-to seems wrong.
  17. Starbreaker

    Starbreaker Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 19, 2001
    Birmingham, AL
  18. Reverend

    Reverend Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 31, 2002
    To be fair, if you say "bad dog" loud and fast enough it probably may as well be "badog", so for when they're using Muad'Dib as a battle cry, it's understandable. Of course that doesn't excuse all the other times. ;)
  19. Tpring

    Tpring Cadet Newbie

    Feb 17, 2010
    I believe the Duke Atreides name is pronounced Lee-toe.

    The Lay-Toe just sounds like more of the "mini-series" Anti Lynch stuff.

    Both of them pronounce Fremen the same???
  20. Asbo Zaprudder

    Asbo Zaprudder Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 14, 2004
    Bulent's Cafe
    I never did quite understand why the Duke had a girl's name.