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It is as mentioned, pronounced TEEL or TEAL but you must lean back about 5-7 degrees to make it sound correct! Just as BOSE pronounced BOZE should be pronounced facing in the opposite direction and Klipsch pronounced CLIP-SHH should be pronounced with your hands cupped on either side of your mouth.:)
There is a slight difference in the pronunciation of TEEL and TEAL but it would take a trained ear (like that of an actor or someone for who English is/was a second language).
TEEL has a long 'e' and TEAL has a long 'e' with a soft 'a'.
It would be like saying MERRY, MARRY and MARY. There is a difference if you were to strive to pronounce them the way they are spelt.
I know it sounds like splitting hairs (hares) but I remember this from some college course.
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Nonoise is correct, and certainly no artist, whether musician (singer) or actor, would disagree. In fact, they wouldn't even consider this hairsplitting. Thiel, teel, and teal are indeed pronounced slightly differently. Perhaps inflected might be a better term?
I also wonder that if someone does not agree that there is a difference, and an important one, between the sounds of these three pronunciations, then should that person be trusted on their opinions about audio reproduction system subtleties, which are quite a bit harder to hear in many cases? This is reminding me a little of a guy who thought he could hear very subtle differences between two different tone arms used with the same exact equipment, yet could not distinguish the difference between a violin and a viola, or a French horn and a trombone.
Now I see why so many snake oil products proliferate in audio. Some shyster will come along, sell some snake oil and tell him it improves his gear...when in fact it is still the same. When you know you can't hear any difference, the shyster tells you to listen more closely. The shyster knows that you want the supposed improvement to be better...because he's charging you for it, so you imagine it's better to justify your purchase.
Well, I'm not buying and I'm not listening any closer. Teel, Thiel, Teal are all the same.
Nonoise was splitting hairs that were already split. Learsfool, you are splitting the hair root.
All I was doing was pointing out that phonetically speaking, nothing rhymes.
Rhymes are for children and my point was never meant to offend, just to point out that there are lessons from youth that we need to get to keep in touch with from time to time.
That, and nothing more.
As for Learsfool's comment, i think he may be onto something. Subtle differences that some of us 'claim' to hear, which others don't, have led to some very acrimonious debates here, or was it hear.
Yes, a dictionary will give you what is historically the most used pronunciation and/or usage and rate it accordingly with the most used to the least used. Some go even further and state what is the correct pronunciation and what is now accepted. That, and there are only so many ways to define how something is said by way of writing it. But, in speech classes one learns that the human voice is so varied and beautiful and expressive and that there is really only one way, barring geographically induced slang and idioms and therefore dialects, to say something.
Now, that is splitting hairs.
Hi Mitch - actually, I really don't believe that this is hair splitting at all. Stage actors work very hard on their diction to make such differences, and I am sure that a phonetics expert would sound Thiel, teal, and teel all differently. To start with, those are three different dipthongs.
To change this to a musical example, take articulation (think transients, with respect to audio reproduction). We musicians work countless hours on this and many other technical things that the audience is expected to catch.
I submit that these are exactly the kinds of subtle differences that our high end audiophile systems are supposed to accurately resolve. If you are not listening for these kinds of subtle differences, why exactly do you own a hi-fi system?
Granted, the human voice is capable of even more expression and subtlety than other instruments. One of the recordings I always use when testing equipment is John Gielgud's Ages of Man recording (his one man Shakespeare show).
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As to, THIEL...it IS indeed Teel, or Teal, silent h.
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Hi Meinhard - just because three words would be spelled the same in a phonetic alphabet (which I do not dispute, by the way), does not mean that they are not pronounced differently. A phonetic alphabet is just a starting point, not an end result. I refer you to one of Bernard Shaw's most popular plays, Pygmalion, for a great discussion of this, both in the work itself and in Shaw's preface to it, where he advocates a phonetic alphabet (he actually left money in his will for this express purpose!). Any professional speaker such as an actor would make a difference between those three words, if they were spoken in close proximity, to aid understanding. And this discussion doesn't take into account accents, or other changes in pronunciation. In Shakespeare's time, for instance, "meat" was often pronounced "mayt."