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Old October 27 2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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Xenex pronunciation?

I've just started reading the New Frontier novels and I was wondering how to pronounce Xenex? Thanks.
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Old October 27 2013, 12:28 PM   #2
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Re: Xenex pronunciation?

I usually pronounce it as "zee-nex", sort of like how you say Xerox when you are talking about the photocopier company.
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Old October 27 2013, 12:30 PM   #3
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Interesting. I pronounce it Zen-nex.
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Old October 27 2013, 01:31 PM   #4
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Interesting. I pronounce it Zen-nex.
Me too. That's the thing about Peter David, though, he doesn't give you any hints about these things. Like, how do you pronounce Si-Cwan?
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Old October 27 2013, 02:31 PM   #5
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Interesting. I pronounce it Zen-nex.
As do I.
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Old October 27 2013, 03:52 PM   #6
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Re: Xenex pronunciation?

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Me too. That's the thing about Peter David, though, he doesn't give you any hints about these things. Like, how do you pronounce Si-Cwan?
The official pronunciation is Suh Kwan.

I use See Swan, because I always thought the character was named after Curt Swan, the legendary artist of Silver/Bronze Age Superman and PAD's own Star Trek Annual #2.
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Old October 27 2013, 06:54 PM   #7
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Si Cwan I pronounce as "See-Quan".
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Old October 27 2013, 09:10 PM   #8
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Re: Xenex pronunciation?

I've always said then Sigh Cwan (like Khan, but with a w), and zen-nex.
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Old October 27 2013, 09:23 PM   #9
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I've always said then Sigh Cwan (like Khan, but with a w), and zen-nex.
That's what I thought too.
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Old October 27 2013, 09:29 PM   #10
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Re: Xenex pronunciation?

I've always gone with "zen-ecks," rhymes with "Gen X," though "Xenexian" throws me a bit. I suppose it's probably supposed to be "zen-ecks-ee-an," but I can't help thinking it should rhyme with "Venetian."

I've always tended to interpret "Si Cwan" as "see kwahn" -- naturally, since I took three years of Spanish in high school. Though sometimes I read it more as "sih kwahn," almost like "sick wan" -- which seems pretty close to the "official" pronunciation given above.
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Old October 27 2013, 09:31 PM   #11
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Re: Xenex pronunciation?

'zen-ecks' sounds like a medication.

"Have you had a problem with oppressive alien overlords? Talk to your doctor about Xenex. Side effects include purple eyes and facial scars..."
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Old October 27 2013, 09:58 PM   #12
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^There is an anti-anxiety medication whose brand name is Xanax.
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Old October 27 2013, 10:05 PM   #13
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^ I am aware of that, yes.
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Old October 27 2013, 10:30 PM   #14
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Zen-shean?

Try speaking the name of some Lovecraft entities, like Cxaxukluth or Hziulquoigmnzhah
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Old October 27 2013, 10:41 PM   #15
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Zee-nix
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