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"Caco" in "Cacodemon" is pronounced:

Caco is pronounced  

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  1. 1. "Caco" in "Cacodemon" is pronounced:

    • "Cacko" like in the word "cackle"
    • "Cake-o" like the word "cake"
    • "Carko" like "taco"
    • "Cuh-Coh" like in "Tacoma"

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  • Poll closed on 11/01/18 at 12:41 AM

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It's a Greek root, so it's pronounced κακοδαίμων. Ask @Maes for pointers.

 

Dictionary says ˌkækəˈdiːmən because it's actually a real word that exists in real dictionaries, contrarily to "mancubus". Interestingly, none of your examples have the right 'a' sound for cacodemon in English. æ is the near-open front unrounded vowel in the IPA, which means that it's actually the same 'a' as in "cat". So it's the catcodemew. 🐱

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Hmm, can I hear the audio? I don't always understand these comparisons with other words, perhaps because we don't really have confusing pronunciations in Russian.

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31 minutes ago, Gez said:

æ is the near-open front unrounded vowel in the IPA, which means that it's actually the same 'a' as in "cat"

This is equal to the first option in the poll, at least in American English.

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7 minutes ago, Memfis said:

Hmm, can I hear the audio?

Open up google translate and type the example words (cackle, cake, taco, tacoma) into it as English and press the sound button. It'll give you a fairly accurate pronunciation of the word. That being said, it says caco is pronounced like taco, but it sounds so wildly unnatural that it's honestly pretty spooky that native english speakers would pronounce it any way other than cackle.

 

edit: actually it pronounces the full word cacodemon as cackle

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I know what it should be but I pronounced it cake-o-demon until probably 2013 and I still think cake-o-demon

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8 minutes ago, Not Jabba said:

This is equal to the first option in the poll, at least in American English.

TFD gave me /kăk′əl/ for "cackle", though looking at other dictionaries does yield /kækəl/. Good enough for me, then, cackle-o-demon it is.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove.

 

In seriousness, I've always pronounced cake-oh demon. And I doubt I'm ever going to change that. It's hard to change the pronunciation of a word after 23 years, so I'll chalk it up as a regional dialect.

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What does it even mean?! Is it just random gibberish or maybe derived from something?

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The earliest known records, from a prestigious source, mind you, suggest that:

 

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15 years ago, Grazza said:

 

... cacare is the Latin verb "to shit" (caco = I shit).

 

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I pronounce the Cacodemon by cackledemon, simply because that is what I first heard somewhere, but I forgot where. Maybe from a let's player or something. 

2 hours ago, fraggle said:

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Let's settle this.

You forgot a tomato with a big green eye slapped on it. That's my first thought when looking at a Cacodemon. The Pain Elemental looks like a giant floating meatball as well. 

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I have always pronounced caco so it rhymes with Wacko, or Yakko (but not Dot).

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2 hours ago, Fonze said:

The earliest known records, from a prestigious source, mind you, suggest that:

And weirdly, whoever designed the Cacodemon coin bank appears to have gone out of their way to preserve this detail:

 

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2 hours ago, elend said:

What does it even mean?! Is it just random gibberish or maybe derived from something?

cacodaimon: bad spirit in ancient Greek.

cacos means bad. As seen in cacophony (bad sound) or cacothymia (bad thymus).

daimon means spirit.

 

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For many years I pronounced it like cocko then recently I started saying cacko because of obvious reasons.

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