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January 13th, 2008
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Don't know why it took me this long
Just learned* I have an easy way to tell geeks how to pronounce my name:

Baxil, x as in TeX.

(Or, if you're more the IPA sort, /ba:xi:l/.)

* I have a degree in mathematics. I somehow didn't pick this information up in college. Under the Chu-Carroll Criterion, this means that I should probably be fired.

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Date:January 14th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)

The hard K is only present in the pseudocompound "Texinfo". "TEX" and "LATEX" are not pronounced with the hard K, AIUI.

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Date:January 14th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
Well, as long as the English language is failing so epically* ... yes.

(Philistine. ;-))

* I know I'm fighting a losing linguistic battle here. But the lack of a greek χ sound is really starting to piss me off. To the point where I may have to start making a point of calling Jesus "Xrist." (Χριστος)
Date:January 15th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Maybe indicate a "tlhIngan Hol" Q, as in "Qapla'"? It would only work seamlessly with sci-fi fan linguists, or die-hard Trekkies, but it'd cue them into the fact that it's not said 'cks'. That, and most video renditions of it are probably misspoken.

(Klingon is good with this- true, capitalization is freaky, but most of the letters sound at least a little like their Roman alphabet equivalents.)

Maybe carry a badge that you can flip out from under your shirt, that gives the correct spelling and pronunciation(like a dictionary)?

Or just have a friend who says it correctly introduce you to the person erring? (Perchance just introduce yourself correctly?)
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Date:January 15th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
> Maybe carry a badge ...?

Actually, I own a T-shirt with the phonetic pronunciation spelled out on the front! I make a point of wearing it to cons, especially if I expect to meet 'net friends for the first time face-to-face.

I've been doing this for a decade, though, and I'm long past the point of hoping I can get people to say it right. :) The "TeX" thing was mostly to note in a gratified manner that there's other groups dealing with the same pronunciation issues.
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Date:January 15th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
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Date:January 16th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
Not /bæxiːl/?
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