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How Do You Say Logos?

August 25, 2009

Apparently, Logos is transcribing Mark Driscoll’s sermons from the last ten years and packaging them as a resource. I’ll pass but I imagine there are more than a few Cartesian Reformed Lil’ Marks anxiously awaiting their master’s words.

I do have to give Mark props on one thing: he can be very funny. Part of his sell for this software, “whether you enjoy my teaching or you just want to criticize me efficiently and effectively, in a footnoted way.”

Good stuff.

Anyways, while watching the video I was taken aback at his pronounciation of Logos:

If someone came up to me and said “logos” the way Mark does I would think they would be talking about the symbol on the front of a jersey. Typically, I pronounce omicrons with a short o sound and omegas with a long o sound, but I have since found that this may be a Canadian tendency (therefore probably right!).

So if I was to pronounce λόγος it would sound lɒgɒs. I asked some American students and they pronounce λόγος with a long o for the first omicron and a short o for the second: loʊɡɒs. Upon further investigation apparently Driscoll’s articulation is accepted as well in the Erasmanian pronunciation. It still sounds wrong to me, “Momma said Lowgows is like a box of chocolate…”

So at this point it seems you can pretty much pronounce it however you want. Great…

How do you pronounce logos?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Jake permalink
    August 25, 2009 10:12 am

    I say it aboot the same way you do.

  2. August 25, 2009 10:23 am

    I learned to say it this way (omicrons as a short “o”), though many say it is incorrect.

  3. August 25, 2009 10:31 am

    i’m more terrified by the software than by pronunciation. 🙂

    i learned LawGaws in undergrad, LowGoes in seminary

  4. August 25, 2009 10:52 am

    I’ve been taught (and stuck with) law-gaws. It’s nice to feel superior to all those hard-O people.

    • August 25, 2009 12:47 pm

      Steve is a canadian genius. I pronounce it legos – it’s wrong, but keeps my son interested.

  5. August 25, 2009 12:16 pm

    I always argued that pronunciation is a later addition and hence read greek in whatever way struck my fancy that week. As a result I was often called upon, in Greek class, to re-read the passage for the professor’s amusement. I was just glad to make a contribution. 🙂

  6. Rod permalink
    August 25, 2009 12:48 pm

    My favorite logos are the stars from the Dallas Cowboys’ and Dallas Stars jerseys and helmets!

  7. August 26, 2009 4:03 am

    Oh, that’s easy.

    I don’t.

  8. August 26, 2009 8:03 am

    I am a fan of the modern Greek pronunciation, which uses more of a long O sound, but γ becomes a fricative, and the ς is pronounced nearer the front of the mouth.

    Try typing it here:

  9. August 26, 2009 1:43 pm

    I learned a long-O pronunciation in undergrad studying Attic Greek, but got to seminary and everyone uses a short-O pronunciation. I prefer my pronunciation system, but that’s likely just because it’s what I am most comfortable with. In addition, like Aaron, I am becoming a fan of the modern Greek pronunciation. It just flows so much better and becomes an even more beautiful language to me than it already was.

  10. September 2, 2009 6:20 am

    I learned Greek from Dr. Mounce’s book and his audio lectures. He pronounced it as lah-gahs, with broad ‘o’ sounds in both syllables.

  11. March 18, 2010 11:23 pm


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