According to The Columbia Guide to Standard American English , "xenophobia" has four standard pronouciations. Does any other word do better, or even equal?
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According to The Columbia Guide to Standard American English , "xenophobia" has four standard pronouciations. Does any other word do better, or even equal?

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According to The Columbia Guide to Standard American English , "xenophobia" has four standard pronouciations. Does any other word do better, or even equal?

Nucyular.

Allowing for "fairly standard dialects", I can think of at least four for "February".

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According to The Columbia Guide to Standard American English , "xenophobia" has four standard pronouciations. Does any other word do better, or even equal?

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According to The Columbia Guide to Standard American English , "xenophobia" has four standard pronouciations. Does any other word do better, or even equal?

It has only one correct pronunciation, zennofobia. Not four, one. I hate bloody foreigners, especially Frenchies and Krauts, Yanks brandishing their no-good dictionaries, Ossies beating us at cricket, and softies from the Home *** Counties, who come up to my little corner of England and three times out of four can't even pronounce a simple word like this properly.

Richard Chambers Leeds UK.
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It has only one correct pronunciation, zennofobia. Not four, one. I hate bloody foreigners, especially Frenchies and Krauts, Yanks brandishing ... my little corner of England and three times out of four can't even pronounce a simple word like this properly.

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According to The Columbia Guide to Standard American English , "xenophobia" has four standard pronouciations. Does any other word do better, or even equal?

What are they?
Does anyone say "ksennophobia" in English? I've seen the name Xenia transliterated as "Ksenia".

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According to The Columbia Guide to Standard American English , "xenophobia" has four standard pronouciations. Does any other word do better, or even equal?

What are they?

The article in question, at
http://www.bartleby.com/68/0/6600.html
says, "There are four Standard pronunciations of xenophobia: ZEN-o-*FO*bee(y)uh, ZEEN-o-*FO*bee(y)uh, ZEN-uh-*FO*bee(y)uh, or ZEEN-uh-*FO*bee(y)uh. " I take that to be representing eight standard pronunciations:
(1) ZEN-o-*FO*-bee-uh, (2) ZEN-o-*FO*-bee-yuh, (3) ZEEN-o-*FO*-bee-uh, (4) ZEEN-o-*FO*-bee-yuh, (5) ZEN-uh-*FO*-bee-uh, (6)ZEN-uh-*FO*-bee-yuh, (7) ZEEN-uh-*FO*-bee-uh, and (8) ZEEN-uh-*FO*-bee-yuh.

(I'm using their phonetic spelling: I myself would have preferred "oh" for the "long 'o'" as in "hope.")
Does anyone say "ksennophobia" in English? I've seen the name Xenia transliterated as "Ksenia".

In English, "x" at the beginning of a word is pronounced either

"z," as in "xenophobia" and other words derived from Greek (except for the "X" in "Xmas" and "Xian," see below),
or "ex," as in "X-ray," "X-chromosome," and sometimes "Xmas,"

or "krihss," as in the abbreviation "Xmas" or "krihsst" as in the abbreviation "Xian,"
or "k" as in "Xhosa" and its variant, "Xosa,"
or "sh" as in Chinese names such as "Xuzhou."
The one word beginning with "x" in which it is pronounced "ks" is the name of a Greek letter, "xi." The AHD4 gives it the pronunciations (where "igh" is a stand-in for the "long 'i'" of "eye") "zigh," "sigh," and "ksee." Merriam-Webster's Collegiate has "zigh" and "ksigh."

(By the way, while the pronunciation in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Online ( www.m-w.com ) is easily copied-and-pasted "zI," "ksI" the 11th edition online uses gif files for some symbols such as an "i" with a macron and so is not easily copied-and-pasted.)

Raymond S. Wise
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
E-mail: mplsray @ yahoo . com
According to The Columbia Guide to Standard American English , "xenophobia" has four standard pronouciations. Does any other word do better, or even equal?

What are they?

They say: "There are four Standard pronunciations of xenophobia: ZEN-o-FO-bee-(y)uh, ZEEN-o-FO-bee-(y)uh, ZEN-uh-FO-bee-(y)uh, or ZEEN-uh-FO-bee-(y)uh."
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Spehro Pefhany

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