How do you pronounce the X in OS X?

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How do you pronounce the X in OS X?

  1. Like the number 10

    44 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. Like the letter x

    44 vote(s)
    50.0%
  1. badman89 macrumors regular

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    #1
    Do you pronounce it like the number 10 or like the letter x? I'm not asking for the "correct" pronunciation, I just want to know how you actually pronounce it when you say it out loud or in your head.
     
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Ok, I'm in the majority (for now) so I'll be brave: "ex".
     
  3. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    Like the roman number "X". :D equal to Arabian writing: 10

    So pronounce: ten
     
  4. badman89 thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's interesting that most of the responses to the anonymous poll say the letter x while most of the public responses on the thread say the number 10 (except the one brave poster).
     
  5. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I seem to remember Jobs up on stage announcing "Oh Es Ten".
     
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  7. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    #9
    Just watch the latest keynote: around min 21 ...
     
  8. Manic Harmonic macrumors 6502

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    It's technically ten but people get confused when I say "O S Ten" so I usually just say "O S Ex."
     
  9. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    We used to call OS/2: "OS Halbe" in German , "OS half" free translated; sure IBM wouldn't like it :p
     
  10. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    I understand that it's ten, but I never ever pronounce it anything other than ex.
     
  11. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    Hes not asking what its actually called, we all know its OS 10, he's asking when you say it out loud, to other people, what do you say?

    I personally say OS 'ex' it flows better imo
     
  12. Drew017 macrumors 65816

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  13. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    Me too. In fairness, my exposure to it comes from the written word, not from hearing it. Although I know it's ten, I like the sound of Oh Ess Ex better.

    But I DO pronounce GIF properly. Jif.
     
  14. djtech42 macrumors 65816

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    I would like to say OS "ex," but knowing that isn't correct, I'm forced to say OS "ten." OS "ex" flows better but it is just plain wrong.
     
  15. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

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    I use them interchangeably, like PM and military time, but Ex is my preference.
     
  16. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

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    So for the people who say OS Ex -

    Does that mean the upcoming superbowl is going to be:

    Suoer Bowl Ex El Vee Eye Eye Eye???!!??
     
  17. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    At 2:05 Tim Cook calls it O S Ten. So that would be the guideline of how Apple pronounces it.

     
  18. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Well OS 9 was not OS IX, it was OS 9. OS 8 was not OS VIII, it was OS 8. So when Apple decided it would not be cool to release something called OS 10, the name OS X was not part of any previous sequence now was it?

    I can't wait for Boeing to design a 7107. Maybe they should call it a 7X7.
     
  19. meme1255 macrumors 6502

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    I think that we (or at least I) prefer to pronounce OS X as OS eX because "OS eX 10.something" sound much better that OS Ten Ten Number...; It doesn't sound that weird using " OS Ten Mavericks", but I prefer eX :) .. And X is reference for UNIX basement of OS X and that's my reason why I prefer OS eX to OS Ten. ;)
     

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