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Kirin-Riki
07-30-2008, 03:07 AM
We all know this lovable feline trickster from final fantasy 7.
but is it really cait SITH as in vader? or sidious?
i was looking up celtic lore on wikipedia, and noticed among the banshees and whatnot, there was sitting these classes of ghost/demon/things..
one being baoban sith, another.. cait sith?

only to find that the familiar banshee was called, baoban sith. or bah-vahn-shee.
the bizarre gaelic pronunciation would now make cait sith, into... caught-shee?

this confused me, because i've played through VII, and DOC, and just about every other 7 knockoff i could find, NOWHERE do they pronounce his name. NEVER in the wonderfully voice acted FFVII:AC do they mention his name. and i do quote from dirge of cerberus how they used "you-know-who" to batter around the quirky pronunciation...

so, how have you, or how do you pronounce it?

personally i have to force myself to pronounce it the gaelic way, but i find it hard to strive from my old interpretation. coupling it together with other oddities as "see-sil (4)" or "chalk-a-boo (chocobo)".

FinalEVA
07-30-2008, 03:42 AM
The first option is what I chose. I found him/her to be quite a useless char. from that game. Kind of like Quina from FF9.

Arc_The_Lad
07-30-2008, 05:43 AM
I don't know who you are talking about, I just remember some cat thing I never used cause he royally sucked.

JaxReaper
07-30-2008, 11:51 AM
I would just pronounce it however you want, and if someone tries to correct you tell them to shut up. I personally would go with your first option up there.

Quantum9
07-30-2008, 12:53 PM
I'm with everyone else. I called her by the first thing, and dammit, it sucked.

Then again, I will admit the saddest point of the game for me was it sacrificed itself in the temple to save everyone...even though it was a robot and another popped onto the scene 10 seconds later, the music and what it was saying about its life being useless really got to me. Sadder than Aerith's death, IMO (but then again, I've seen Aerith's death so many times I'm rather desensitized to it).

Mesoian
07-31-2008, 12:34 PM
You guys do know that Caith Sith is Reeve, right?

Kirin-Riki
07-31-2008, 05:08 PM
You guys do know that Caith Sith is Reeve, right?

i kinda figured that after reeve's "head" got lopped off in DOC, reeve must be pretty talented if he can control both himself and cait lol

Serria
07-31-2008, 06:57 PM
Cait Sith, from what I remember, is a name from celtic folklore that means like, cat king or something. I think the Gaelic pronunciation is "Cauch shee".

But I speak English, so I pronounce is "Cayt Sith". lol I think whatever you have in your head is fine.

Hitokiri Kenshin
07-31-2008, 07:26 PM
Didn't know on pronounciation, but knew his name was Gaelic and was the reason for his awesome Scottish accent in Advent Children.

Michi
07-31-2008, 10:56 PM
The Japanese for his name is ケット・シー, which is something like Kett Shee. Close to the Gaelic pronunciation, I suppose?

I always say it like Cayt Sith, haha. I guess I should try to shift to the original way somehow.

Leishu
07-31-2008, 11:14 PM
I always pronounce it "Ket She." But whatever works.

(Cerberus, on the other hand, while we're on the subject of FF games, is pronounced incorrectly by absolutely everybody, ever.)

Xwolf Okami
08-01-2008, 11:46 AM
I always pronounce it "Ket She." But whatever works.

(Cerberus, on the other hand, while we're on the subject of FF games, is pronounced incorrectly by absolutely everybody, ever.)

I say it "ket-shee" too. But only because I learned it that way first. >.>;;

Now you have me curious; how WOULD you pronounce 'Cerberus'?

Quantum9
08-01-2008, 11:52 AM
I say it "ket-shee" too. But only because I learned it that way first. >.>;;

Now you have me curious; how WOULD you pronounce 'Cerberus'?

Ser-Ber-Us.

You don't know how many people I know pronounce it Cer-eh-brus.

Leishu
08-01-2008, 02:16 PM
Both of those are, per the Greek, incorrect pronunciations.

Care-Bear-Ohs. :]

Xwolf Okami
08-01-2008, 02:21 PM
I thought so. xD Care-bear-ohs. Sounds like a cereal involving our favourite bears with symbols on their tummies. Also, the alternative spelling of Cerberus is Kerberos, which makes it easier to imagine the pronunciation. The spelling reminds me of Keroberos from Card Captor Sakura, though.

Leishu
08-01-2008, 02:31 PM
I thought so. xD Care-bear-ohs. Sounds like a cereal involving our favourite bears with symbols on their tummies. Also, the alternative spelling of Cerberus is Kerberos, which makes it easier to imagine the pronunciation. The spelling reminds me of Keroberos from Card Captor Sakura, though.

*chuckle* As it should. His name is a derivation of it.

I'd like to note in a moment of honesty here that I almost never pronounce it correctly either. :D

Serria
08-01-2008, 03:06 PM
Both of those are, per the Greek, incorrect pronunciations.

Care-Bear-Ohs. :]

I agree, as far as I know, that's the original Greek pronunciation. And by all means, yay for original pronunciations of the words! :-)

However, the proper English pronunciation, as the word has been adapted into English, is Sur-Ber-Uhs. Dictionary.com lists the pronunciation. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cerberus) Because the word is basically a legal English word now, it's properly pronounced as such.

Leishu
08-02-2008, 12:39 AM
I agree, as far as I know, that's the original Greek pronunciation. And by all means, yay for original pronunciations of the words! :-)

However, the proper English pronunciation, as the word has been adapted into English, is Sur-Ber-Uhs. Dictionary.com lists the pronunciation. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cerberus) Because the word is basically a legal English word now, it's properly pronounced as such.

Curse that vernacular!! <_<

Just kidding. As I've said, I don't mind. My big issue, academically, is that as a Greek word rarely ever being pronounced out of context, its pronunciation shouldn't have ever changed. Realistically, though, I pronounce it "wrong" most of the time too, and "glass houses," etc. :]

It's fair to keep in mind, though, that being inducted into the dictionary doesn't make a pronunciation, usage, or spelling academically correct. It just means that it's accepted into modern vernacular. If you use the word "Octopi," or the words "decimate" or "Schizophrenic" in incorrect context in a true academic setting, you will get dinged for it, and yet all three of those are in the dictionary.

Meli
08-13-2008, 06:01 PM
Didn't know on pronounciation, but knew his name was Gaelic and was the reason for his awesome Scottish accent in Advent Children.

Wow... hmm... interesting!

I always used Cait Sith or Red XIII in my party with Cloud and Tifa. I thought he was so cute! (I was nine and I loved kittens...) I liked Cait Sith better in the game rather than in Advent Children. I think it was because I didn't imagine him sounding so annoying. Also, probably because I didn't like him tormenting Red XIII/Nanaki so much in AC.

btw I pronounce it KAYTE SITHH.

jennarose
08-13-2008, 06:20 PM
For some reason when I used to watch my brother play I would forget that his name had an 'I' in it and say 'Cat Sith', but once I played it, I finally started saying it right (though I don't know if I pronounced it right...lawl). I like him though, he was the one who defeated Sephie for me. Haha. Yup. XD.

Meli
08-14-2008, 07:44 AM
I was so sad when I thought Cait Sith died! I was like "NOOOOOO!"