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.
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
do any of the X-people make "ex-eorox" copies or play the "ex-ylophone"?
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
Yes, X position pronounced "SssssssfffPosition-tion-tion-tion"
I think I'll just stick to saying X-avior.
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.
“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
Easier than “Aloysius” ?
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
Reading Miss Hollanders book are we?
X spresso . There, I said it.
Edited by - bubbalouie on 06/17/2019 19:29:48
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.
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.
How about the Catholic Church version of St. Francis Xavier: zay-vee-air?
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.
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
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
I grew up in East Lyme..
Everbody pronounced it....
Slimer fer short....
Edited by - figmo59 on 06/18/2019 15:15:11
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
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
You guys are all crazy...sometimes I think i'm the only sane person on this site.
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.
'dulcijo' 1 hr
'Good Tuesday Morning' 3 hrs
'Centralia Campout' 5 hrs
'History' 6 hrs