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Old 02 January 2021, 19:52   #1
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How do YOU pronounce PSYGNOSIS?

Speaking from an English point of view, do you pronounce it as 'SIG' nosis (SIG as in SIGNAL) or SIGH gnosis (as in he gave a huge 'SIGH' of relief)

The reason I ask is that some members of Psygnosis were doing a talk at Play Expo in 2017 retro event and this question was asked, they said it was prounced 'SIG' nosis as the guy who invented it (Roger Dean?) pronounced it 'SIG' nosis! BUT, on the intro for Blood Money it's clearly pronounced 'SIGH' gnosis contradicting what they said?

So which do YOU prefer, SIG or SIGH?
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Old 02 January 2021, 19:55   #2
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I used to say SIGHgnosis back in the day but at some point I changed to SIGnosis and have stayed that way since. Must have been pronounced that way in the intro of one of the games once because there's no other reason for me to have changed.
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Old 02 January 2021, 20:00   #3
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Definitely SIGHgnosis, since the guys themselves in the Blood Money intro pronounced it that way.
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Old 02 January 2021, 20:02   #4
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I used to say SIGHgnosis back in the day but at some point I changed to SIGnosis and have stayed that way since. Must have been pronounced that way in the intro of one of the games once because there's no other reason for me to have changed.
Yes, Blood Money has it pronounced as SIGHgnosis so probably why you pronounced it that way BITD!!

Heres' the Psygnosis event on youtube:
[ Show youtube player ]

Skip to 42:15 to hear the question, my mate Simon was asking it
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Old 02 January 2021, 20:04   #5
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I've always pronounced it SIGHgnosis
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Old 02 January 2021, 20:09   #6
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Reading it back then I always considered it SIGnosis. It's only in the years since that I've heard others pronouncing it SIGHgnosis, so I assumed I was wrong. Now I don't know what to think.
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Old 02 January 2021, 20:12   #7
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I always pronounced it SIGHygnosis, influenced by psychology.

I know that those that worked they pronounced it SIGnosis or SIGGYNOSES, but grammatically it doesnt fly with me, couldnt have bothered them much as they never 'corrected' the speech in Blood Money which would have taken moments to do.

If im wrong, i dont want to be right
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Old 02 January 2021, 20:19   #8
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I probably thought of it as SIG because I was a kid and didn't know a lot. If I came across the word as an adult I would assume SIGH because it makes more sense looking at existing words with that prefix, like psychology as Galahad says.
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I know that those that worked they pronounced it SIGnosis or SIGGYNOSES
I think this is the answer. SIGnosis, just because that's how they seem to have intended it.

EDIT: Your video BarryB explains it, but also check out this video from someone that worked there where it's pronounced SIGnosis. [ Show youtube player ]

Either way is fine, but I'd say SIG is more correct than SIGH in this case.

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Old 02 January 2021, 21:08   #10
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Also, by the same logic, their other label Psyclapse does not sound right if you pronounce it SIClapse, in my opinion SIGHclapse sounds much better

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1. It would probably help if you spelt it correctly in the topic title.

2. At least everyone seems to agree that the P is silent.
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1. It would probably help if you spelt it correctly in the topic title.

2. At least everyone seems to agree that the P is silent.
Who said the title is spelled incorrectly? And what silent P?

You don't pronounce it PISSgnosis?
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1. It would probably help if you spelt it correctly in the topic title.

2. At least everyone seems to agree that the P is silent.
Lol, thanks for pointing out my Dylsexia

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Lol, thanks for pointing out my Dylsexia
Well, I knew what you meant, but there may be some out there who have never heard of the name.
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Old 02 January 2021, 22:32   #15
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Psy (Sigh) generally considered to be of the mind
Gnosis = Knowledge

It's obviously pronounced sigh no sis, although back in my somewhat younger days me and my friends decided it was something like sig ni o sis
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Old 02 January 2021, 22:36   #16
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Pies-noses.

Seriously though: PSYg-nos-is is what I called them, but sig-nos-is sounds fine to me.

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Old 02 January 2021, 22:47   #17
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I've always pronounced it SIGHgnosis
This, but other things from the 80s i realised i was mispronouncing , and i dont mean gif, thats phonetically 'gif' for me regardless of the official name
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Thread title fixed.

If you pronounce it SIG, you can always say that it is the French pronunciation,
which we all know is the language of the world intellectual elites .
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This, but other things from the 80s i realised i was mispronouncing , and i dont mean gif, thats phonetically 'gif' for me regardless of the official name
You mean Jif, don't you? That was either peanut butter, lemon juice or a household cleaner.
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