Today’s comic was inspired by the giant statue of Drizzt Do’Urden (and Guenhwyvar!) at this year’s Gen Con Indy. When I went to go take a look at it, the majority of the conversations I overheard were about how one goes about pronouncing his first name. Drizzt, when spelled out on a page, is a lovely drow name, but the technicalities of actually speaking said name quickly bog one down.

I’ve been assured that it’s actually pronounced “Drist”, and so, that’s how I’m not going to think of him. Drist.

Hee. It sounds a little like some sort of drain cleaning product. “Try new, improved DRIST! Now with extra scrubbing action and foaming crystals!”

News: Posted August 11th, 2011 by Alina

^ 16 Comments to “Drist.”

  1. KenderBryant - Drizzt Fanboi Says:

    Ooh. Please tell me you took a picture of the statue. I’d love to see it. Any chance you could post said picture here?

    Posted August 11th, 2011 at 1:33 am
  2. Alina Says:

    The picture I took didn’t turn out very well (my phone couldn’t handle the backlighting), but there’s a great picture of it in this article.


    Posted August 11th, 2011 at 1:39 am
  3. KenderBryant - Drizzt Fanboi Says:

    *self-immolates from burning jealousy* Ooohhh! I wish I could have gone! I do have the Icingdeath Miniatures Scenario Pack (still in the box) and the Museum Replicas copies of Twinkle and Icingdeath. I also have Obould Many-Arrows’ mini (kept in a special display case). Thanks for the link. Hope you liked the info I sent you on Ultimate Magic from Pathfinder.

    Posted August 11th, 2011 at 2:06 am
  4. durpface Says:

    Yeah Drist is about right, only replace the “S” sound with a “Z” sound. So really his name really is pronounced the way it is spelt, for some reason the “zt” just really messes people up, I guess cause it’s a letter combination that isn’t likely to show up in the english language.

    Posted August 11th, 2011 at 2:40 am
  5. KenderBryant - Drizzt Fanboi Says:

    Sorry for hogging the comments, but I was wondering what you think of the Thundercats remake.

    Posted August 11th, 2011 at 2:46 am
  6. Terion Says:

    I always pronounce it Drizzt, which is like Drist, but with a long buzzing “Z” instead of an “S”.

    Posted August 11th, 2011 at 4:08 am
  7. talenkarr Says:

    My D.M. had a rule you cant play a “reformed drow” unless you could say his name right I wonder if my old D.m. and your shop kepper are related lol

    Posted August 11th, 2011 at 6:47 am
  8. Foxfier Says:

    Oooh, the books that got me interested in D&D!

    I wore the books out.

    Posted August 11th, 2011 at 8:08 am
  9. Cara the Rat Says:

    Funny, since I do speak German the name never even seemed hard to pronounce in exactly the way it is written, but for an english speaking person it really must be hard I imagine.

    Posted August 11th, 2011 at 8:20 am
  10. Digital Wizard Says:

    Trust me, people, you do NOT want to know what the word “Drist” means in russian… =)
    BTW it’s the main reason he is called “Dzirt” in russia-published books.

    Posted August 11th, 2011 at 1:03 pm
  11. I did this once! I was working the U.S. Closed Chess Championship in Modesto, CA, and I was shutting down the tournament hall. Two kids were playing “at” chess, they didn’t know what they were doing. I told them that I was closing the hall and they had to leave. They whined and I told them OK, but you have to answer a question. They agreed. I held up a competitor’s name plate and said: Pronounce this guy’s name. It was Roman Dzindzichashvili. As I recall, it’s pronounced GIN-JESH-VEELEE.

    The kids left the room, they knew they’d been snookered.

    Posted August 11th, 2011 at 1:19 pm
  12. Robin Bobcat Says:

    Ah yes.. the Geek Shibboleth.

    I once pulled something similar about someone who was bragging about having played D&D since *before* first edition was made, blah blah.. I just nodded, handing him some d6 and said ‘roll up a first edition character, by the book.’

    For those who are too young: First edition stats were 3d6 six times, placed IN ORDER. No dropping or rerolling the lowest, or shuffling the values around. My first character was a Thief with a 11 Dex.. because it was his HIGHEST stat.

    Posted August 11th, 2011 at 10:53 pm
  13. Daran Says:

    I remember writing a review of a “Drist” book a year or so ago. At one point I inadvertently added an extra i. I got several comments claiming that the wayward vowel was proof I had was not a Salvatore fan. It’s amazing how passionate some people can be about such things. And, for the record, Salvatore has changed the spelling at least once himslef.

    Posted August 12th, 2011 at 1:31 am
  14. monk-e Says:

    i should find my copy of ‘drow of the underdark’, i believe it has a section on phonetics and pronunciation, as well as common words and a list of surnames and such. not that i don’t disbelieve it’s pronounced ‘drist’ but rather this has inspired me to re-read it, good D&D book…

    Posted August 12th, 2011 at 4:56 am
  15. Ambeggar Says:

    I see your Drizzt and raise you and Interpreter Szchcczz from Tau Ceti.

    Posted August 14th, 2011 at 4:27 pm
  16. Thrudd Says:

    As a side note – has anyone else actually had a chance to speak with RA “off the record” about his opinion on our subterranean hero?

    Posted August 16th, 2011 at 3:06 pm