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How to pronounce Mut?[edit]

I am curious as to how "Mut" would be pronounced - like "mutt" or "moot" or some other way? Jedikaiti (talk) 18:56, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

That's a perennial issue with Egyptian terms. We don't know for certain how Egyptian words were pronounced, particularly the vowels, which weren't written down. Linguists can reconstruct pronunciations to some extent, but I don't know much about the results of their work. In the case of Mut, her name was written mwt, probably with some unwritten vowels between the consonants. Egyptian "w" was a consonant that only in some cases was pronounced like a long "u". In modern writing of Egyptian words, the ancient "w" is turned into a "u" if it makes it easier for us to pronounce—hence the modern name Mut. If you're asking about how the name is supposed to be pronounced in English, I'm really not sure. User:The Man in Question claims there's a conventional system for pronouncing Egyptian names in English but hasn't pointed to a source that proves it. A. Parrot (talk) 19:39, 25 September 2012 (UTC)