It’s Draenei. D-R-A-E-N-E-I.
Three consonants. Four vowels. I realize that this word is an unusual one, as your language does not usually have dipthongs (combinations of vowels) like that. We have, however, been in major areas of Azeroth for at least 18 months now; I do not expect immediate understanding of our language, but spelling the name of my people properly would be nice, at least after all this time.
My thanks for your courtesy,
If you’re curious as to how it’s supposed to be pronounced, find a Draenei female and ask her to run through her /silly emotes. At some point, she’ll say “Single Draenei Female seeks blacksmith with grinding wheel to take care of me – and my gorgeous hooves.” (for the curious and impatient, it’s DRAHN-eye)
ALSO! (And some of you may be seeing this for a second time, as I did post it over on Plus Heal, so my apologies, but it’s come up!)
The Plural of Shaman is…. SHAMANS
You can look it up in a dictionary or an encyclopedia. It’s not shamen, or shaman (like the singular – kind of like moose is both singular and plural), or shamens.
The word “Shaman” is a native word from a Siberian language. It got brought in whole to English, and thus gets just an “s” on the end to make it plural like any other normal noun. Because it’s not an English compound created from two other English words, it’s not “shamen” (like man – men).
According to WoWwiki, Blizzard uses both the form “shamans” and the form “shaman” for the plural (so technically both would be OK when in game), but to truly be correct, it’s shamans.
The diminutive form “Shammy/Shammies” originated outside of Warcraft and was, in the first releases of World of Warcraft, derogatory due to issues with class balance. Now, in the more balanced world, many shamans have accepted the term simply as a more playful or lighthearted title for the class.
So stand proud, shamans, and accept no misspellings!
(AND NOW YOU KNOW!)
**Also, the proper term for a female shaman is “Shamanka” not “Shamaness” – but I’m not going to push for that one. Even if it is possibly the coolest title EVER.
**Also, also – Today is Spaceship Husband’s birthday! Whee!
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