The letters ‘M’, ‘L’, ‘O’ and ‘V’ are known colloquially as M’ and L’ in ventriloquism. ‘O’ is used for ‘and’ and is pronounced ‘oh’.
For more information on m’ and l’ see the section on the English language.
2. What is the meaning of the M and L symbol?
M means ‘male’ in ventriloquism, and L means ‘lady’ in all others. M (or sometimes pronounced ‘m’ as in “mame”), is also used to indicate the ‘head’ of the ventriloquist. L (also pronounced ‘lo’) is used in all others, including ‘body’.
3. How do we pronounce the M and L symbols in ventriloquism?
The dots of the M and L symbol are placed on the back of your mouth (as opposed to the sides like in choral music). L is pronounced like the ‘l’ in ‘lay’ in ventriloquism (like the tongue of the mouth). L means ‘head’ in ventriloquism.
The other letters in the letter M or L are not used together.
M (or sometimes pronounced ‘m’ as in “mame” in ventriloquism) and L (also pronounced ‘lo’) are not interchangeable.
4. What if you want to add a M or L to a word, but don’t want people to know?
You can use the word without a word M or L symbol. Remember to pronounce the M and L correctly or they might not seem to come out right.
If you want your word to have a letter M or L symbol, you can write the word with the M or L symbol. Here is where many ventriloquists use their M or L on the end of their name (or their ‘b’ or ‘e’ in ‘thee’) to add a ‘M or L’.
5. What if you want to change the letter m to a letter l?
Many times people just write m, and change it to a ‘l’. For example, “M’l’e” is what a lot of ventriloquists do (the ‘l’ being a part of their name, ‘l’ being the ‘m’ sound), but “M’l’e” is