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Old October 27 2013, 10:47 PM   #16
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Re: Xenex pronunciation?

My pronunciation is probably off since my first language is Italian, but I just say "KSEH-neks" (emphasis on the first syllable) and "kseh-NEH-ksian" (emphasis on the second): in Italian it's not unusual for derivative words to change the position of accent.

Also, "sih kwahn".
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Old October 27 2013, 10:48 PM   #17
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^Pretty much the same for me.
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Old October 27 2013, 10:49 PM   #18
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Re: Xenex pronunciation?

I always thought Zenn-nex, and See Kwahn.
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Old October 27 2013, 11:31 PM   #19
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Try speaking the name of some Lovecraft entities, like Cxaxukluth or Hziulquoigmnzhah
Those are pronounced "Chumley" and "Wooster."
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Old October 27 2013, 11:32 PM   #20
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I've always said then Sigh Cwan (like Khan, but with a w), and zen-nex.
Ditto
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Old October 27 2013, 11:37 PM   #21
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I'm curious, how come so many people change the first "x" into a "z"? Is it something about American pronunciation?
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Old October 27 2013, 11:39 PM   #22
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I'm curious, how come so many people change the first "x" into a "z"? Is it something about American pronunciation?
And Canada. Think "xylophone".
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Old October 28 2013, 12:03 AM   #23
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I'm curious, how come so many people change the first "x" into a "z"? Is it something about American pronunciation?
Yes, that's the way "x" is always pronounced at the start of an English word derived from Greek: xanthate, Xerox, xerophyte, xenophobe, Xerxes, xiphoid, xylem, etc. The only exception I can think of is that "Xavier" is sometimes pronounced "gg-zavier," though sometimes it's just "zavier." (Here in Cincinnati, we have a St. Xavier High School pronounced the former way and a Xavier University pronounced the latter way.) And of course there's Xmas, pronounced "Christmas."
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Old October 28 2013, 12:30 AM   #24
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I'm curious, how come so many people change the first "x" into a "z"? Is it something about American pronunciation?
Yes, that's the way "x" is always pronounced at the start of an English word derived from Greek:
Uh, thank you. I didn't know that. I always pronounced it "x", I guess people were too nice to correct me (well, not that I use those words very often in conversation...).

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And of course there's Xmas, pronounced "Christmas."
You had me thinking it was "Zmas".
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Old October 28 2013, 01:04 AM   #25
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And of course there's Xmas, pronounced "Christmas."
You had me thinking it was "Zmas".
There are people who pronounce "Xmas" as "Ecks mass." I think they pronounced it that way in Futurama, come to think of it.

Normally, though, yes, "Xmas" is simply a shortened version of "Christmas." The X comes from the Greek Chi, the first letter of "Christ" in Greek.
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Old October 28 2013, 01:07 AM   #26
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Yeah, that I knew. Hence the
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Old October 28 2013, 02:55 AM   #27
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Like Xanex, but with a "Ze" instead of a "Za"
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Old October 28 2013, 04:29 AM   #28
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I always thought Zenn-nex, and See Kwahn.
Is that near Zenn-la?
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Old October 28 2013, 05:00 AM   #29
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This would be 'your moment of Zenn'.
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There are some Simon & Schuster Audioworks adaptations of "New Frontier" and I'd expect them to be definitive for pronunciations.
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