I’m writing a book about mermaids, and two of my characters (a girl and her late grandmother) have this beautiful Greek name. It’s absolutely perfect; I love the look, the spelling, and the meaning. The issue is the “th” at the beginning.
Last year, I read a book series where a group of characters were named after different elements. (I promise I’m going somewhere with this!) The main character was named after Thallium, and her nickname was Thalli. Yet, throughout the entire book, I mentally pronounced it “Tally”, with a hard “T”.
So here’s my question; if you read my book, how would you pronounce [name_f]Thalassa[/name_f] in your head? I lean toward “tuh-LASS-uh”, even though it’s not the correct pronunciation. It flows more easily.
Which pronunciation should I put in the character index?