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Question #91263 posted on 05/18/2018 11:42 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Keltic or Seltic?

-King James


Dear King James,

While you are trying to figure that out, the Boston Celtics are kicking your trash.

-Sunday Night Banter


Dear Jimmy,




Dear King

My first thought was that I hear "Seltics" for sports, "Keltic" for everything else, and that seems to be backed up by this Mental Floss article.

From the author, Stan Carey:

Growing up in the west of Ireland, I encountered the word Celtic at an early age. I should say words, because I spoke it differently depending on the context. Celtic had a soft c, like “Seltic,” in Celtic Football Club, and a hard c, like “Keltic,” elsewhere—Celtic mythologyCeltic musicThe Celts.

But, this is the key takeaway at the end:

Critics are entitled to dislike “Seltic” or “Keltic,” but they have no business saying either pronunciation is wrong. Because they’re both right.

-Humble Master


Dear ugh,