In the city of Waterdeep, there's a coin called a "Taol" worth 2 gp. I find the description of the coin in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist on page 169, but it's not on the pronunciation guide on page 4. I'm trying to figure out how I would pronounce it in my games. Is it "TAY-all"? "TOW-ull" (like "towel")? So does it somehow all slur together in one syllable like "tail" (rhyming with "gaol")? Is there some "official" pronunciation, or does every group just fend for themselves?
2\$\begingroup\$ Even this comprehensive compilation of official pronunciations doesn't list a pronunciation for "taol"... Also, Ed Greenwood describes the correct spelling here, but not exactly the pronunciation. (...Though I guess it kind of hints at it?) \$\endgroup\$– V2Blast ♦Aug 24, 2019 at 19:59
1\$\begingroup\$ You could tweet Ed Greenwood and get his response. His statements are usually considered official by Forgotten Realms fans. That's probably the closest you'd get to a canonical answer. \$\endgroup\$– Quadratic WizardAug 25, 2019 at 17:08
As Quadratic Wizard suggested, I sent a Twitter message to Ed Greenwood (creator of Forgotten Realms and basically the authority on such things), who was kind enough to reply:
\$\begingroup\$ I always pronounced it to rhyme with towel so thanks for taking the effort. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 27, 2019 at 16:15