How the hell do you pronounce "Pnin"?

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this is important

jergins, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:24 (ten years ago) link

i pronounce it suss-sinkt, lavishing attention upon every consonant.

estela, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:26 (ten years ago) link

it's such a princess of a word, i am strongly considering cutting it out of my vocabulary.

estela, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:27 (ten years ago) link

in my head, I say it suss-inked. I've never tried to say it out loud.

jaq, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:33 (ten years ago) link

it's funny, words you know really well, and know the meaning of, but don't ever say

jergins, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:34 (ten years ago) link

oh you people.

suhk-singkt (səkˈsɪŋkt)

lxy, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:35 (ten years ago) link

xp (or always say wrong)

lxy, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:36 (ten years ago) link

Mr. Jaq and I have had rows over desultory and banal.

jaq, Monday, 21 February 2011 03:39 (ten years ago) link

nine months pass...

I miss our "We love everything VN wrote except Ada" thread on real ILX.

wang dang google doodle (James Redd), Friday, 16 December 2011 02:14 (nine years ago) link

Yep!

Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:03 (nine years ago) link

actually I don't like a lot of his novels.

Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:06 (nine years ago) link

I mean, a half dozen of his short stories and "canonical" novels are all I need.

Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 16 December 2011 03:07 (nine years ago) link

in an old interview I read of his, nabokov said it's pronounced like it is when you say "up nina"

good webinar (ha ha I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 16 December 2011 05:17 (nine years ago) link

the two long ones (ada and the gift) are my least favorites

n/a, Friday, 16 December 2011 15:59 (nine years ago) link

I didn't care all that much for Pale Fire or even Lolita. Glory (in translation obv) was ok and there were a couple others I couldn't really make myself read. Pnin is my favorite - maybe it's Nabokov for people who don't love Nabokov, idk.

Hurting, Friday, 16 December 2011 20:08 (nine years ago) link

Pnin is kind of an outlier, it feels warmer and more human and less dense than most of his books - it's probably my second- or third-favorite Nabokov. I think there is depth there but he doesn't fuck with his readers as directly as in most of his books.

n/a, Friday, 16 December 2011 21:08 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, that's why I like it so much: it's a victory lap novel.

Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 17 December 2011 01:55 (nine years ago) link


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