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How is the Old English name element 'Wyn' correctly pronounced?


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Previous AnswerOld English, or Anglo-Saxon, was a Germanic/Teutonic tongue, related to other tongues like Frisian and other Scandinavian languages. As such, the letter "w" would actually be pronounced as a "v", and a "v" often pronounced as an "f". "F" was a lighter, breathier version of the "f" we know today, a soft f, if you will. "Y" was indeed pronounced like a short "i."

So in short, "-wyn" would be pronounced "-vin."

But in your LARP group, you can pronounce it however you want. :-)

Better AnswerThe letter written "w" in modern spelling of Old English represents the letter wynn (ƿ), and the reason that letter existed is precisely because it's not pronounced like "v" (else they would have just used "v"!). The correct pronunciation is in fact just like English "w". Anglo-Saxon "y" should be pronounced like "u" in French "tu" or "lune".
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