Hi everyone,

I'm reading Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" and I am wondering how to pronounce Shylock's name. Is it pronounced like "Shy-lock" or like "Shlock?" Has anyone seen the play performed live and can confirm how to say the name?

Poplar Macintosh III

the first time I read it, I said "shlock" but, it's actually pronounced like "shy-lock".

From the CMU PR=ronouncing Dictiionary:


To determine the correct pronunciation of Shylock's name, you can refer to various sources such as pronunciation dictionaries, audio recordings of the play, or performances of "The Merchant of Venice" by reputable theater companies.

One reliable source is the CMU Pronouncing Dictionary, which states that Shylock is pronounced as "SH AY L AA K." This indicates that the name is pronounced as "shy-lock," with the emphasis on the first syllable and the "a" sound in the second syllable being elongated.

To get the most accurate pronunciation, you could also search for audio recordings of "The Merchant of Venice" or watch performances of the play online or in-person. This way, you can hear how the actors and performers pronounce Shylock's name in their interpretation of the character.

Remember that different productions may have variations in pronunciation, so it is always beneficial to explore multiple sources to get a well-rounded understanding of how the name is pronounced.