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Feb. 19th, 2008

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What is the deal with pronouncing Xavier "ex-avier"?! Why not go all the way and call him "See-harles Ex-avier"?

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From:zrath
Date:February 19th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
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"Ex-avier"? That's weird.

In French, the "x" has its own sound, it's not pronounced like a "z".
It's pronounced "gz" with a hard "g".
So it's "gzavier" and "gzylophone" and "gzergzes".


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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 19th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
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Actually, the way people say it is usually more like "egzavier". English speakers could pronounce it "gzavier", except that because the sound combination "gz" never appears at the beginning of a word in English, they think they can't pronounce it.

That's the same reason they say "sunami" instead of "tsunami". It's some kind of weird phonetic brainwashing.
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From:rubbertexcooper
Date:February 19th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
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Wa... h....uh.... *Cries* You broked my brain again. T.T lol
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From:ceruleanst
Date:February 19th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
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Schoolhouse Rock has that to answer for.
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From:nefaria
Date:February 19th, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
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I was going to say Dr. Charles Xavier from X-Men started the trend, but Schoolhouse Rock came first. I guess people think every word that starts with x has to be pronounced as x because x-ray does.
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From:bassfingers
Date:February 19th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
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And X-acto. But yeah, those are really about it...
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From:deckardcanine
Date:February 19th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
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You may as well ask why "Stephen" has the only PH that sounds like a V.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 19th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Or how about "Thomas"? Why is TH pronounced T there?
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From:chocorisu
Date:February 19th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Cause it's a silly comic book pun?
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From:deckardcanine
Date:February 19th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Not exclusively. I recall from TV ads that "Xavier Roberts" has it pronounced the same.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:February 19th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I suppose that a persons pronounciation of their name is up to them, unlike the spelling (which was assumedly registered at birth), pronounciation can be any which way.

Of course, I'm a Winnipegger, and only a Winnipegger knows how to pronounce names like "Lagimodiere", "Portage Avenue", "Des Meurons" and even "Plessis" (which I've seen widely mispronounced even from other Winnipeggers!) Granted, street names have no definitive pronounciation, but at least two of those are from proper anmes, that do have definitive pronounciations.
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From:bassfingers
Date:February 20th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
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"It's only spelled Luxury Yacht. It is pronounced Throat-wobbler Mangrove."
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From:ronald_mack
Date:February 19th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Probably because so many alphabet charts in schools have X-ray as the only x word example, so they think that X just sounds like "ecks" in most words.
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From:qaianna
Date:February 20th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
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All I know is that it's how I've usually heard the name pronounced. Kind'a like how it sounds, too. French seems to have it 'Za-vee-AY', which seems in line with French rules on spelling; the Spanish equivalent isn't bad either, tho I actually get somewhat annoyed when someone pronounces it as an English 'j'.

And for the record, ever since watching anime more I've been trying to use 'tsu' as its own syllable. It's hard.
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From:errickfoxy
Date:February 23rd, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
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I got it from the cartoon version. Saturday mornings. He was Ex-avier there, so that's the version that stuck with me.
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