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    Does anyone know how to pronounce the name "Thwackum"?

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    Re: Thwackum

    If it's from the novel Tom Jones, it's a play on words: thwack , onomatopoeia, the sound made when something is hit hard + 'um a variation of 'em, short for them.

    It's been a few years since I've seen the move; i.e., heard how Thwackum is pronounced, so I'm not 100% sure on the pronunciation. Let's wait to hear what others have to say.

    SparkNotes: Tom Jones: Character List
    Thwackum is the vicious tutor of Blifil and Tom who constantly beats Tom and praises Blifil. Thwackum, who claims to value Religion above all else, seeks only his own good.

    And there's the legendary launderers Rippem and Tearem.

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    Re: Thwackum

    I agree with Casiopea, it is definitely THWACK + 'EM.

    There are variations like: T+WAKE+'EM, and T+HO+KHUM, but, as for me, they are incorrect.
    And there's the legendary launderers Rippem and Tearem.

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    Last edited by Jason72; 01-Jul-2007 at 14:59.


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