Post by thedixiemason on Aug 20, 2007 19:41:32 GMT
The word is Hebrew, so the true pronunciation would be with a Y sound. But even if you use the Y sound on the front of the word, the CH in the middle should be pronounced as H. It is very difficult for English speaking people to pronounce it in Hebrew. Like Hiram, it should be Chiram, or Churum. If your lodge is conducted in English, I would suggest the English style pronunciation.
You probably should check with others in your lodge about the accepted pronunciation. I hear it does vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, even from lodge to lodge. So if you don't want you PMs slapping your around after lodge (not saying they would, just that they might ), it likely is more important to know how it's done in your lodge rather than what would be right.
And, yup, as Bro. Bill said, it's a Hebrew word, spelled in Hebrew thusly, יָכִין, which, phonetically, comes out to Y AH K EE N.
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