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Actual "Snowth" Pronunciation

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Hubert, Jul 17, 2012.

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How do you pronounce "Snowth"?

  1. SN-AW-TH (rhyming with "sloth")

    4.3%
  2. SN-OW-TH (rhyming with "mouth")

    47.8%
  3. SN-OO-TH (rhyming with "tooth")

    4.3%
  4. SN-OWE-TH (rhyming with "growth"

    43.5%
  5. Other

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%

  1. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    This came up in another thread. How exactly is "Snowth" pronounced? I always was sure that it was officially "SN-AW-TH," but now I'm beginning to think it might not be...any insight? Does anyone know if the word has ever been said in a Muppet production, or even by anyone from the Muppet crew?
    Muppet fan 123 likes this.
  2. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member

    Hooray! Someone made a thread on a question I had! I think it's SN-OW-TH.
  3. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

  4. MuppetsRule

    MuppetsRule Active Member

    Never knew there was a question about it. But then again, I never really thought about it. I alway's assumed that seeing how it was spelt like growth it was pronounced like growth. But listening to Hubert's link they pronounce it as it rhymes with "now"
  5. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    I thought it was snow-th.
  6. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    Snowth, rhymes with mouth.
  7. Vincent Liu

    Vincent Liu Well-Known Member

    According to Muppet Wiki, "Snowth" is originally "Snouth", as a mixture of snout and mouth. So I believe it should be pronounced more like snout, rhyming with mouth.
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  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I've never heard it mentioned on-screen. It's a shame the species name was never spoken on-screen in any productions.

    I remember when I first saw the name written, in the Muppet Hits album, I had my mom look at it and asked how it was pronounced, and she thought it was said as "Snow-th", and for years I went around thinking it was pronounced that way (on a similar note, one of my friends say Mahna Mahna's name written and thought it was pronounced "Mana Mana", and I went along with it for years despite how it was pronounced in the song.

    And then I read about how it was originally spelled "Snouth" (why oh why did they change the spelling by the time of the album releases?).
  9. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Right...I know that it was, but I do for some reason believe that I heard that it actually was pronounced "SN-AW-TH," in order to sort of differ from the original one. I could be wrong, though.

    Do remember though, Craig Shemin's pronunciation might not be 100% accurate. Look at Rowlf's pronunciation (which no one is still sure of). Even some of the Muppeteers had different pronunciations on that one. We still need more info on the Snowth pronunciation here...
  10. Vincent Liu

    Vincent Liu Well-Known Member

    That's true. Working at a company doesn't make your pronunciation "official". People with all kinds of accents work at a company.
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Somebody needs to ask Frank Oz, Jane Henson, or Jerry Nelson while they still can! Assuming any of them would know.
  12. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member

    I could ask Caroll Spinney, in a letter I'm about to send out. But Frank Oz would know, seeing as he DID perform them.
  13. Vincent Liu

    Vincent Liu Well-Known Member

    Before I saw the snout+mouth thing, I pronounced it snow-lith.
  14. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    I thought it was SN-OWE-TH at first and when I listened to this interview, my mind changed my way of pronouncing Snowth, SN-OW-TH.
  15. Rowlfy

    Rowlfy Member

    I heard on an interview Snowth like 'tooth'
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Considering that the name is supposed to be derived from the words "snout" and "mouth", and considering that they were intended to be cow-like creatures (even though they look nothing like cows), I always pronounced it as "SN-OW-TH", however, it seemed to me that most other people around here pronounced it the way it's spelled, "SN-OWE-TH", so I just avoid actually saying the word at all costs when I speak because I don't know how the Elmo it's supposed to be pronounced!
  17. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I've always thought it was SN-OWE-TH. Its easier and less awkward to say :smirk:
  18. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Key thing to remember:

    The "q" is silent.
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  19. ProboSowa

    ProboSowa Member

    I always thought of it as "SN-OWE-TH". I see "snow" in the name so it just clicks like that for me.


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