This question came up while Kishore and I were working on our latest Hindi crossword (yes – coming up very soon on the blog!) I suggested a change to Kishore's 15a with the reason "The grammar isn't Ximenean", and he shot back "Try writing Ximenean in Hindi".
To write "Ximenean" in Hindi, one must know how to pronounce the word. Here was the snag: since I've only ever seen the word written, not used in conversation, I wasn't sure of the right way to say it aloud. So I turned to Google. The search brought me to a rec.puzzles.crosswords thread from 1999, in which someone had asked: How do you pronounce "Ximenean"?
The response from Peter Biddlecombe was:
If you were following proper Spanish principles then I think you would say something like "Himanayan". I'd say "Zimanayan", and I think I have
heard others pronounce it this way. Using a 'Z' sound certainly seems to be the norm when saying 'Ximenes'.
Here's an audio clip that supports the "Himanayan" pronunciation.
Going by all the data above, "Ximenean" spelt in Hindi would be:
हिमेनेयन or ज़िमेनेयन
Or, since we are converting to Hindi anyway, shall we say हिमेनेज़वादी instead?
That would make the setters in the other camp इच्छास्वातंत्र्यवादी.
Have you used the word "Ximenean" in conversation? How do you pronounce it and how would you spell it in Hindi?
- Quiz: What's unXimenean about it?
- Setting a Hindi Crossword: Lessons Learnt and Recommendations
- How Kishore solved a Tenglish crossword
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