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Old October 28 2013, 01:09 PM   #31
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Re: Xenex pronunciation?

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There are some Simon & Schuster Audioworks adaptations of "New Frontier" and I'd expect them to be definitive for pronunciations.
Not necessarily. Audiobook productions don't always consult the authors about pronunciations.
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Old October 28 2013, 11:44 PM   #32
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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."
I'm not sure I would know how to lead with a pronounced "x"-- and I went to Xavier High School. The "Ex-avier" pronunciation feels very regional to me-- since leaving the Cincinnati area, I tend to just go with "Zavier."
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Old October 29 2013, 12:30 AM   #33
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I'm used to "Zavier" from the university, but I've gotten so used to hearing "Charles Egzavier" in X-Men productions that it weirded me out the way one or two of the animated shows pronounced it "Zavier" instead.
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Old October 29 2013, 12:52 AM   #34
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I'm not sure I would know how to lead with a pronounced "x"-- and I went to Xavier High School. The "Ex-avier" pronunciation feels very regional to me-- since leaving the Cincinnati area, I tend to just go with "Zavier."
Of course, just as I pronounce Xenex with a leading "x" sound, I tend to pronounce Xavier (both the saint and the mutant) as "habié", as I would do with the Catalan given name. I guess I'm irreducibly weird.
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There are some Simon & Schuster Audioworks adaptations of "New Frontier" and I'd expect them to be definitive for pronunciations.
Not necessarily. Audiobook productions don't always consult the authors about pronunciations.
But have they got any wrong?
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^You'd have to ask Peter David.
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