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Jun 17, 2019 - 1:32:34 PM

Mooooo

USA

6895 posts since 8/20/2016

Most English speakers get this wrong, thinking for some stupid reason that it is pronounced "Ex-avier"....well you don't call your brother Tom "Tee-om" do you? Here is a video so you can all finally hear the proper way to pronounce it. click on: Proper Pronunciation of Xavier. So please, in the future, don't embarras yourself, just say it like they do in this helpful video.

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:40:58 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

41024 posts since 10/5/2013

Very enlightening, Mooooo. I’m glad I tuned in. However, roaming the streets and back alleys up here in canuckland we have X-Men and X-Women.

Edited by - chuckv97 on 06/17/2019 13:41:25

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:44:48 PM

Mooooo

USA

6895 posts since 8/20/2016

do any of the X-people make "ex-eorox" copies or play the "ex-ylophone"?

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:48:58 PM

chuckv97

Canada

41024 posts since 10/5/2013

Not sure about that, but I’ve heard they only play their banjos at the “X position”, as our old friend David Cavage demonstrates.....  https://youtu.be/4MTVKZpEb5o

Edited by - chuckv97 on 06/17/2019 13:56:21

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:57:47 PM
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Mooooo

USA

6895 posts since 8/20/2016

Yes, X position pronounced "SssssssfffPosition-tion-tion-tion"

Jun 17, 2019 - 2:08:19 PM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

22890 posts since 8/3/2003

I think I'll just stick to saying X-avior.

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:08:50 PM

mander

USA

3493 posts since 10/7/2007
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I didn't find that all helpful. Too long and drawn out. Wish they speaker also said it in a sentence so we could hear it in a more natural manner.

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:15:57 PM

chuckv97

Canada

41024 posts since 10/5/2013

“The resulting pronunciation "HAV-ee-ay" is a hybrid of Spanish, French and English. In Spanish, correctly spoken, the final syllable sounds much like the English word "air", not the English word "eh". English speakers, unfamiliar with names beginning with "X", sometimes pronounce "Xavier" as "ex-avier".” 

So I guess I play my banjo at the “H” position.

Edited by - chuckv97 on 06/17/2019 15:17:36

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:30:46 PM

88 posts since 4/1/2016

Easier than “Aloysius” ?

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:35:15 PM

88 posts since 4/1/2016

quote:
Originally posted by Bob in CT

Easier than “Aloysius” ? Or Xander?


Jun 17, 2019 - 3:42:46 PM

J e f f

USA

3189 posts since 12/16/2009

Doobie

Jun 17, 2019 - 5:37:21 PM

chuckv97

Canada

41024 posts since 10/5/2013

And then we have another “X-Man”.....
“Xander Jan Bogaerts, OON (Dutch pronunciation: [‘sander’ boxarts]; born October 1, 1992) nicknamed The X-Man and Bogey, is an Aruban professional baseball shortstop for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Netherlands national baseball team.”

Edited by - chuckv97 on 06/17/2019 17:39:35

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:26:37 PM
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bubbalouie

Canada

12411 posts since 9/27/2007

Reading Miss Hollanders book are we? 

X spresso . There, I said it. 

Edited by - bubbalouie on 06/17/2019 19:29:48

Jun 17, 2019 - 9:37:30 PM

donc

Canada

5846 posts since 2/9/2010

We have a long list of wrong pronunciations. English is mostly a collection of words borrowed from other languages and subsequently mutilated. Even my Scottish ancestors played funny games. Mr. Menzies' name was pronounced " Menkis. " James was pronounced "Hamish". Does anyone know anything about a famous historic figure who was known to his friends and family as 'Yeshua' ? Most of us have probably heard his English name.

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:23:57 AM
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DC5

USA

5800 posts since 6/30/2015

I pronounce it the way Xavier wants me to pronounce it. Having had several Xavier's as students I have had pronunciations all the way from ex-aav-ier to zahvier and zaavier.

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:31:37 AM
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761 posts since 12/2/2013

How about the Catholic Church version of St. Francis Xavier: zay-vee-air?

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:37:57 AM

1119 posts since 2/10/2013

Some of the TV announcers, news and weather, should watch that video. On the Weather Channel, there is a guy who is outstanding at pronouncing names of states and communities correctly.

Jun 18, 2019 - 12:44:28 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

10691 posts since 6/29/2003

My youngest grandson is Xavier. His mum and dad, as do I and everyone else here calls him Zavier. It appears that 'X' is mostly silent. Often the pronunciation of a letter is made by the junction of the the next letter to it.

Edited by - banjonz on 06/18/2019 12:48:48

Jun 18, 2019 - 1:14:05 PM

Owen

Canada

3579 posts since 6/5/2011

Being able to properly pronounce Xavier is all well and good... but the real question is: "Is it "toe-meh-toe" or "toe-mah-toe?"  [..or maybe tomahtah?]

Yesterday our grade 1 grand daughter and her mom and dad were over.  She had the toy animals lined up... including a couple of zebras.  So I asked if they were zeb-ras or zee-bras.  She replied the latter...she's convinced both her dad and I were pulling her leg in telling her they were zeb-ras.  I don't know which the school is teaching, but if it's zeb-ra, it looks like it's overpowered by pop culture.

Edited by - Owen on 06/18/2019 13:16:55

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:14:11 PM

figmo59

USA

28940 posts since 3/5/2008

I grew up in East Lyme..
Everbody pronounced it....

Eastslime....
Slimer fer short....

Sometimes just...Slime...
:0/

Edited by - figmo59 on 06/18/2019 15:15:11

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:44:26 PM
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oly

USA

1331 posts since 5/27/2006

Why don't we try Worcestershire sauce, Wooster, warster, whatishere? (yes I had to get the bottle out to find the correct spelling)!

Edited by - oly on 06/18/2019 16:45:37

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:00:47 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

41024 posts since 10/5/2013

Quinoa is another one.
“Many people believe that you should pronounce it as "kwuh-NO-uh" or "KWIN-wah," but rest assured that neither of these are correct. Quinoa is properly pronounced as "KEEN-wah", according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the Oxford English Dictionary and several other online video tutorials.” - Wikipedia

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:21:33 PM
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Mooooo

USA

6895 posts since 8/20/2016

You guys are all crazy...sometimes I think i'm the only sane person on this site.

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:26:27 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

41024 posts since 10/5/2013

Only sometimes,,,....?

Jun 19, 2019 - 1:34:49 AM

phb

Germany

1874 posts since 11/8/2010

Douglas Adams wrote some nice paragraphs in his great book "Last Chance to See" about how Madagascan city names are spelled and pronounced and how the ignorant French colonists wanted to change that.

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