How do you pronounce L-I-C-H ?

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  • #1684
    Radzap
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    I was on the phone with a friend the other day and my chum was telling me about an old D&D campaign and said:

    “…the leader of the syndicate was an ancient *LICK* (re: Lich – undead mage dude) that we had to defeat with blood magic.”

    Not wanting to kick off a debate about how to pronounce the word in the middle of my friend’s story, I shelved the issue and eventually forgot about it until today. Now it’s sorta buggin me. I’ve pronounced it Lich (rhymes with itch) since I first saw the word decades ago, but I have known folks to say:

    Lich:

    leash (liʃ),

    leetch (liʧ), and

    li-“clearing your throat sound”(liħ)

    I suppose these are all fair. I checked the Monster Manual and it uses the “es” plural suffix so I suppose that puts a dagger in the LICK pronunciation because it would be damn silly to say “The three LICKES approach from the South.”

    What’s your take on this?

     

     

     

     

     

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  • #1685
    bobcatt
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    I had always heard it as ‘rhymes-with-witch’, until I started listening to podcasts.

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  • #1686
    Kairaku
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    I found this utube video on the subject. Other than his repeated repititions on how tired he is it is a very good explanation of the etymology of the word Lich.

    From years of reading my wife’s dissertations on Old and Middle English, this guy is saying the right things.

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    • #1690
      Radzap
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      Glad I watched this. Now I can proudly say Lich (rhymes with itch) in public without fear of controversy. I’ll let my friend pronounce it anyway he Leichs for now.  😀

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  • #1689

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    I’ve always pronounced it like the German ich but with an l in front… I’m not sure quite how to explain it, it’s sort of a hissy noise… closer to leak but make the k soft and hiss a bit.

    I have heard all sorts of pronunciations from lick to litch to leesh…

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  • #1694
    BattleMatt
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    “The jibbering jamer.” 😉

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  • #1695
    EricaOdd
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    It depends on if you’re speaking Old English or modern English…

    https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/449446/how-to-pronounce-lich

     

    Originally its pronunciation was actually closer to “like” (with a voiced K or KH like) than “lick” or “litch.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lychgate

     

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  • #1699

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    I go with the rhymes with itch or witch version.

    I also say that drow rhymes with cow, so take that how you will.

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    • #1701
      Radzap
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      I also pronounce Drow like Cow. It was the way my 1st DM pronounced it and now I say it just to trigger all the Drizzy-T fanboys. I love to see the corner of their eyes twitch.

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  • #1700

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    Back in the day, we settled on “Like” as in the word Lichen. The Lich/Itch didn’t seem right because it had no ‘t’, and “lick” was right out as it made us all giggle.  But I will watch that video as I’m sure that it is a very old word and modern pronunciation and rules probably don’t apply.

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    • #1703
      Ayslyn
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      “Rich”, “Which”, and “Niche” would like to have a chat with you about this “must have a T” rule you suggest…

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    • #1706

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      Nouveau rich is pronounced reesh (I guess since its French its actually Riche) and and thus does Niche sound the same.  “Which” has that h, and Im not gonna post the Family Guy bit about that.  But I get your point, we went round and round on it as well.  But too this day I have to stop myself from calling them a Lich a Like.

       

      Oh and later on I discovered that the some Brits call “Liken” “Litchen” so its all a moot point now…

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    • #1718
      Kairaku
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      Niche and Lichen are both meant to have a very soft ‘T’ after the I, because originally they did. The T was dropped at some point. They both come from the Germanic. Which also comes from the Germanic, but had a different root and route 😉 .

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    • #1712
      whodo
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      Gah! Using the with a t pronunciation of niche always gets to me and more often than not I have to conciously pause to make sense of what has just been said. Neesh not nitch!

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  • #1704
    MasterVidar
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    Most of my characters pronounce it as “RUN!”

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  • #1705
    EricfromNJ
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    Yeah when it comes to these words no matter what people say I am probably going to still pronounce them the same way I have been for the past 38 years.

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  • #1719
    EricaOdd
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    As for me, I’ve always used the ‘rhymes with witch’ pronunciation.

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  • #1735
    JoeGun
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    I’ve always rhymed with witch.

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  • #1762
    Kimi
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    This is a very interesting discussion! I’ve always said it like “itch” but wow!

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