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How do you say the "X" in OS X?

  1. X...as in the letter. (1295 votes [67.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 67.48%

  2. 10...as in the number. (624 votes [32.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.52%

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my first response to this was (EX) now I'm not so stupid. I say it TEN

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Os Ten in English.
[OS iX] in my native language :-P

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I say OS X, as in the letter. I think "X" sounds cooler.

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Although it may sound cooler to you, its just too close to XP... which as we all know, is horrific :) oh wait, maybe thats vista...

Steve Jobs says it as 10, most of Apple says it as 10, i say it as 10.

Saying it as the Letter "X" is a ...

Think Mark

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I say "OS X" rather than "OS 10" because it's easier for my Windows buddies to understand the letter rather than two digits (1 and 0).

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X as in -Files

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I say it X as in the letter but I know it really is 10 as in the number. I only say it as a letter because of habit.

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i know its supposed to be roman numeral 10, but i always keep saying "oh es ex (OS X)", prbably habit i guess

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Usually, I don't bother with that silly "Mac OS X" stuff. It's "Tiger 10.4.11" or "Leopard 10.5.3".

Or, how about Rhapsody or Copland? I like the sound of that better.

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Im actually not surprised at the results. I think alot of people read the name of Mac, before they hear someone say it. And this tradition has carried over for a while. So most will say OS EX for ages, then someone who watches the keynotes or whatever, corrects them.

I mean i hardly ever call it os 10, i generally say Mac OS Leopard.

As long as whoever knows what your talkin about, does it matter?

Its the same as Microsoft Flight Sim X.

What I do like is the Random Pronunciations round the globe.

My Italian family say OS eeex.. love it :)

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I say Ecks. So how would you Ten-sayers say OS X 10.5.4? Oh Ess Ten Ten Point Five Point Four?

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λειτουργικό σύστημα δέκα just sounds amazing and most people around me who use mac understand it by now and get it. If you are going to use their numbers why not go all out and simply call it by the name in their language.

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I say Oh-Ess-Ten if i'm talking about the OS itself. However, when talking about the OSX86 project, I call is Oh-Ess-Ex-Eighty-Six; because Oh-Ess-Ten-Eighty-Six sounds stupid to me for some reason.

I mean i hardly ever call it os 10, i generally say Mac OS Leopard.


You know, that's the most sensible answer here. Windows users don't call XP "Windows NT 5.1/5.2", we call it XP. And i've never heard of Vista being referred to as "Windows NT 6.0". So Mac OS Leopard (or Tiger, Jaguar, Puma, etc) actually does make much more sense.

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I often pronounce the X in OS X as in "X". I rarely pronounce it as "ten", you know...

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Although it may sound cooler to you, its just too close to XP... which as we all know, is horrific :wacko: oh wait, maybe thats vista...

Steve Jobs says it as 10, most of Apple says it as 10, i say it as 10.

Saying it as the Letter "X" is a ...

Think Mark


Lets make this into an OS Battle. XP & Vista are good operating systems. I'm sorry! I have had 0 problems with vista, no driver problems I couldn't fix with a google or any of that sort with windows. But everybody is entitled to their own opinion.

By the way I pronounce it the way its written with an "EX". I know the real way is ten but I really don't care.

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EX is cooler :)

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I actually tend to say "O-S-SEX" because the S and the X blend in together as I pronounce it.

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Oh, Essex! Are you a student? :)

to become widely accepted I pronounce OS 'X' like in 'axe'

Sword, shield and OS axe. Beat this. :D

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I say Mac OS eX. Apple and Steve Jobs want you to pronounce it as "ten", meaning that it is the successor to OS9. Of course that's ridiculous. Back in the 90s OS9 was dying. OSX was a totally different beast that ultimately saved Apple (along with iPod). Regardless, "X" not only marks the spot or implies Sex, it also means Unix, which always has been a larger-than-life thing in computer literature. Unix had also met tremendous popularity back then in the 90s, thanks to Linux. Just asJSomething corresponds toJava,X is synonymous to Unix. Apple's remarkable transition from old-dog OS Classic to OSX was all about Unix. Apple themselves acknowledged that and marketed it as such. Nowdays, they might want to distinguish themselves from that but it is what it is. That's why you get OSX 10.3, OSX 10.5, OSX 10.6 etc even though you should get by now something like OS XI. You don't really want to have an OS called OS "eleven", do you ?

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I like to call it 'oh ess ex' to seperate it slightly from the traditional Mac world. To me it's not the successor of OS 9 but something new.





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