How Do You Pronounce Rorschach?

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  1. Sasso

    Sasso Well-Known Member

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    Whenever I hear people pronouce the word "rorschach" I always hear everyone say it differently. What is it's proper pronunciation?

    Raw-Shark
    Raw-Shock
    Raw-Shack
    Roar-Shark
    Roar-Shock
    Roar-Shack

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    ElToro Im No Side-Kick lol

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    I never even heard that word before.What does it mean?
     
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  3. Sasso

    Sasso Well-Known Member

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    It's the name of a main character in Watchmen and the name of a ink blot test.
     
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    I think he was being sarcastic; at least I hope so.

    I say "ROR-shock". Since it's a German name (Swiss?), I think the proper pronunciation would have an aspirated sound at the end of "schach", like in "Bach". But "ROR-shock" is close to how it should be pronounced, to my best knowledge.

    "Raw shark", do people really say that? The first syllable clearly has an 'r', and the second syllable doesn't... I know it was in the comic, but that was just the guy not hearing properly.
     
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  5. Sasso

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    Thanks for the clear up, dude.

    The "Raw Shark" one was a guy with a southern accent, so that may be why he said it like that.
     
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    Buttman Son Of The Demon

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    I say Roar-Shush.
     
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    I pronounce it Roar-Shack, but I believe Roar-Shock is the technically proper way to pronounce it. Anyway, forget wondering how to pronounce "Rorschach" that's a slice of key-lime pie compared to Juspeczyk. How do you pronounce that?
     
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    Yoo-Spek-Zik... Yoo-Spech-Zik. Probably.
     
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    rore shack
     
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  10. CaptainGenerica

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    I usually say "yus-PESH-ik". I don't know enough about Polish to really know, though.
     
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    Me too. :o
     
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    King Namor The Wingless One

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    BubbaGump Bland User

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    How do toy pronounce Veidt is the real question.
     
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    jew-spick-sick?
     
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  16. King Namor

    King Namor The Wingless One

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    If you are British, I guess you can find a link to a dictionary with a British accent, maybe Oxford, but this particular link has an American accent because the pronounciation is from the American Heritage Dictionary.

    The link is how an American would pronounce it as there may be subtle differences between brogues. A proper American accent would be an American accent that Americans feel doesn't have an accent, the accent less accent of a newsman or actor VS regional accents like West Texas, Piedmont, Cajun, Detroit, Boston, New York, Hawaiian etceteras.
     
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  17. jm2005i

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    There was a program on the BBC in the UK recently called 'Comics Britannia', which charted the history of British comic books, and inevitably they profiled Watchman. Alan Moore himself was interviewed and read sections from Rorschach's journal. Both the narrator and Alan Moore pronounced Rorschach – 'Roar-shack'. So I think that is the definitive pronunciation.
     
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  18. Captain Carnage

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    Veidt rhymes with white, tight, kite, smite,...

    Casablanca actorly-person Conrad Veidt was billed years beforehand in his heart-throb days with the catchy tag line Women Fight For Veidt.
     
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  19. I SEE SPIDEY

    I SEE SPIDEY Well-Known Member

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    This is a great thread because I wondered the same thing.
     
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  20. Comic Book Boy

    Comic Book Boy Producer/Writer/Director

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    I heard Alan Moore himself call him "roar-shack."
     
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    I've always said "Ror-shach."
     
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    roar-shack

    jew-zep-ick (or you-zep-ick)
     
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  23. Johnichi Chiba

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    I've always pronounced Juspeczyk as Yoos-peck-chick, but then again, I'm not fluent in Polish, so I'm not sure thats correct at all.
     
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  24. Sun_Down

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    In American English, it's "roar-shack". I don't know about the rest of the world, though.
     
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  25. Cagefighterkip

    Cagefighterkip Mr. Golightly

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    rorshach's are fun to do, like a party game. you'd be surprised.
     
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