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How was the pronunciation of the tetragrammaton preserved over time?

Apologies if this is answered elsewhere. Wikipedia said that the name was pronounced once a year by a rabbi. If this was true, does that mean the prohibition of the name is not absolute and can be said in certain respectful contexts?

I also read that because of the way Hebrew script works, the original pronunciation has been lost to time, and the current accepted pronunciation is just and educated guess. Why then does it have religious significence, if it is most likely, given all possible vowel combinations, most likely not the original?

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