In older manuscripts, sometimes somebody says, "Tut! Tut!"

Was this actually pronounced as written (as if referring to the famous King of Egypt)?

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    That's still used. It's the traditional orthographic representation of the repeated dental click that indicates disapproval, disappointment, etc. It's the ‘sucking your tongue’ sound. Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 1:12
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    Think of 'nut' 'nut' , as in the nut you eat, and simply replace the n, with T, T as in the T in tower, T-ower
    – Gary
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 1:21
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    @JanusBahsJacquet I that's tsk.
    – deadrat
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 1:52
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    @deadrat Same thing. Tsk is more common in AmE, tut more common in BrE, but they usually refer to the same sound. Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 7:55
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    The Winnie the Pooh stories often mangle the language intentionally, but the linked video clip is a good example of the phrase spoken as spelt. (It occurs at around 2:10 in the clip.)
    – Lawrence
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 14:57

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It is not known to me as anything but a "double click". Such sounds cannot be written accurately in English.
It may be that some try to pronounce tut, tut as it is written, but i do not recall having ever heard the attempts.youtube
However the verb "to tut" does seem to sound "tut".

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