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Today an Xfinity van was parked at a neighbor's house, presumably to extract an unconscionable wad of cash from them for internet and/or TV. I got to thinking just how absurd the name is. Using any sort of English that I know I cannot think of a way to pronounce "Xfinity."

Perhaps I should cut the company some slack, since we in the USA seem to have no idea what "x" is. Is it the Greek latter pronounced "ch," or is it like the Russian guttaral exhalation sound, or a substitute for "z," as in "xerox? (Not the the two pronunciations in that word)
Where are Goofy and/or zmježd? I need help!
 
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The A-Team
B-minus
C-Span
D-Day
E-Commerce
F Troop
GI Joe (two for the price of one)

etc (by which I mean, of course, that I couldn't think of an H example)

It never occurred to me until I read your post that their could be any confusion. It's clearly, to me anyway, ecks-finity. The lack of a hyphen or space is just a typographical choice they have made.


"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." Samuel Johnson.
 
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And your mission, should you choose to accept it is to come up with an example for every letter of the alphabet.


"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." Samuel Johnson.
 
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Then again, sometimes the X is silent, like the X in EXXON…
 
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Then again, sometimes the X is silent, like the X in EXXON…
Silent? I thought they were both voiced, but in different ways, to describe their management: "Ex-Con."
 
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