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The text-to-speech function on Mac OS X Lion is quite good, although sometimes it misses the just-right pronunciation of a word.

Is there a way to specify a pronunciation for certain words or phrases in Lion?

For example, let's say my friend's name is "Tony", and the voice for OS X (Alex) pronounces Tony "tooney". Is there a way that I can set Tony to be pronounced the same way Alex pronounces "Toe Nee"?

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Type it phonetically? –  Ian C. Mar 29 '12 at 1:20
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Open Applications > Services > VoiceOver Utility and go to Speech > Pronunciation. Add a subsitution for "Tony" and tell it to pronounce it as "toe nee".

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Interestingly, my computer running 10.7.3 with the Alex voice pronounces Tony correctly. Because of this, I wasn't able to test this solution, so it may not work.

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Brilliant, exactly what I was looking for. My computer pronounces it fine too, just using that as an example. Cheers! –  Archio Mar 29 '12 at 4:37
    
Ah, I missed that somehow. There's also some hidden app somewhere I was just using to manipulate the exact phonetics of words, and I'm really annoyed that I can't find it anywhere! –  timothymh Mar 29 '12 at 11:44
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This doesn't seem to work for the terminal. Try running "say tony" in the terminal, and you wont get your new pronunciation.... and ideas on how to make this happen? –  Brad Parks Jun 14 '12 at 22:02
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