Question: "High" concepts in Fantasy

Ms Kathleen Jennings s368333 at
Tue Mar 4 06:40:11 EST 2003

> One of the joys of hearing eighteenth-century scholars discuss 
> Swift lies in
> hearing how they choose to pronounce 'Houyhnhnm'. Should they 
> simply say
> 'Hoynim' (the coward's way), add a little nasal overlay to the 
> 'hnhnm' part,
> or throw back their heads and go for a full-throated whinny? It 
> says a lot
> about one's character, and you can bet Swift foresaw it all.

I've always heard it pronounced "Whynnum" (like the beach, but breathier) or "Ho-hin-him". Has anyone ever actually tried pronouncing (or, more to the point, remembering) the full name of Bree in _The Horse and his Boy_?


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