How do you pronounce the word Skein?

wackowally's picture
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NOUN: 1a. A length of thread or yarn wound in a loose long coil. b. Something suggesting the coil of a skein; a complex tangle: a twisted skein of lies. 2. A flock of geese or similar birds in flight. See synonyms at flock1.
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English skeine, from Old French escaigne.

Pronounced: Skane as in Pain.

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Chris Vandenburg's picture

"project" wasn't an option. So I voted "the skein in Spain stays mainly in the plain".

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grandcarriage's picture

Bless your heart...That made me laugh right out loud.

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Serge664's picture

sometimes I like to throw the customers off by telling then to go pick out a clue...

Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

Michael Cook's picture

I like to carry tiny balls of scrap yarn in my work bag, for just this sort of eventuality - every once in a while, you run into someone truly clueless, and it feels good to be able to share one of mine.

Unfortunately, they never, ever get it.

MMario's picture

by preference - "center pull ball" - but "hank" works too.

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madhatter7zero's picture

Glad to know I'm not the only one who say's "SKEEN" lol.

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zanngo's picture

If y'all really are concerned about correct pronunciation, "skayn" is the only correct one according to the dictionary. And if you know even a portion of any other language than English, you'll know that that is, indeed, the way it would be pronounced by ANY European-language speaker seeing the word for the first time... To pronounce it "skeen", you'd have to spell it skien, right? Okay, I think I'm way too bitchy of a commentator. Sorry. :)

Rowan's picture

LOL! I don't!!!! I am deaf, so I just fingerspell it!