I really didn't get the "cellar door" thing. But if Tolkien really pronounced it sel-la-dore, I guess I can see it. I've only ever heard it (and think of it) with the "R" at the end of "cellar" firmly present.
My favorite: stoic
I love breathy "sto" with the o kind of hanging there before the hard k sound kind of curls back and whips it. It's just fun to say! I do think I have an affinity in general for the hard k sound.
(And a second for "melancholy" as well.)
Originally Posted by substitute
That article says it's more beautiful than 'sky', but I had a Danish friend once who, when he said 'sky', really pronounced the K - native English speakers say it more like a G, but if you really make it a K, I think that sounds beautiful
Am very curious what this sounds like. Can't really imagine a more k-y "sky" or a more g-y "sky".