Ok, this one has been bugging me for a while. Why does everyone at Sea World call it “Crack-en”? I’ve always pronounced it, and heard it pronounced everywhere else, “Cray-ken”. Which, if you follow the rules of the English language, is how it should be pronounced:
a + k + e = “ache”, not “ack” –- brake, make, cake, etc.
It’s not like they invented the term –- the myth of the Kraken has been around for a long, long time. Any idea why Sea World has gone with this ("Crack-en") pronunciation?
*** This post was edited by RagingBull on 5/31/2001. ***
The standard English rules probably don't apply because it's not a straight English word. Look in the dictionary and you won't find any English words that start with "kr," other than kryptonite (which is probably some Latin or Greek word, or both).
Our language is filled with words like that, having some non-English origin with different rules.
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I've always said "crack-en." Your previous examples are all single syllable words, so the proncunciation rules aren't the same. (by your definition 'car' and 'caring' should have the same first syllable). Plus, English has more exceptions than can be counted.
There was a movie in the late 70's or early 80's called "The Clash of the Titans". In the movie's big ending, this huge sea creature came up to eat this virgen chick. It was Kraken and all through the movie, they pronounced it crack-en so that's how i've always pronounced it. The movies have been known to completely screw up myths and legends though.
Kingthong said: "There was a movie in the late 70's or early 80's called "The Clash of the Titans". In the movie's big ending, this huge sea creature came up to eat this virgen chick. It was Kraken and all through the movie, they pronounced it crack-en so that's how i've always pronounced it. The movies have been known to completely screw up myths and legends though."
I allways call it Kray-Kin, and I just learned that it's pronounced Crackin. Anyway, I'm just gonna call it Kray-kin, the way I have allways called it. ------------- There is no such thing as a stupid question, just stupid people.
I call it crack-en. I remeber on a Travel Channel show thats how the park management said it, so it's how I learned it. Not to mention, it is said like that in mythology... I think that is what decided how the management would have it said.
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