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How do I say "Kzinti"?

 
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gurps_gm
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:42 am    Post subject: How do I say "Kzinti"? Reply with quote

A friend is telling me that the 'K' in Kzinti is silent, like K is in knife. I always thought otherwise. Any proof one way or the other?
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Jack Bohn
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd thought of it as a partially-held-in sneeze, but that's not appropriate in public, and it takes a lot of practice not to sound awkward going from *kz* to -inti.

Paul Franz, on the Star Fleet Online talk show, does say it as "zinti."
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Steve Cole
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The official SFU pronunciation is "Kah-Zin-Tee".
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have talked with Larry Niven about his Kzinti some years ago. The K definitely was not silent. I don't remember the exact pronunciation. And Steve is always right.

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gurps_gm
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed. Thanks guys.
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Steve Cole
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I'm only right inside SFU, and only if Jean or Petrick don't remind me of something I forgot.
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