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How do you say "OS X"?
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intlplby
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2006-05-21, 10:53

How do you say OS X?
Do you say "Oh Es Ten" or "Oh Es Ex"?

Vote in the poll. Also feel free to say what your answer is in a post and whether or not you started using a Mac in the Pre-OS X years


I know "Oh Es Ten" is supposed to be correct, but I say "Oh Es Ex" and I switched to an Apple after OS X was introduced.

My dad started with OS 9 and also says "Oh Es Ex"
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2006-05-21, 10:58

My dad usually says "Oh Ess Ten" but he occasionally calls it "System Ten."
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2006-05-21, 10:58

The correct pronunciation is "ten" and has been since it was introduced. The 'X' character is the roman numeral for ten.

Whenever I hear people say "ex" I assume they are dimwits.

Do people spell out roman numerals in other instances? What about movie titles, for example? If I heard someone say something about "Star Wars episode vee eye" I'd feel obligated to smack 'em. Hard.

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2006-05-21, 11:02

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Originally Posted by Brad
The 'X' character is the roman numeral for ten.
It arguably also represents Unix underpinnings as well as a relation to NeXT. If it was merely version ten, they would have just gone to 11 or beyond by now.

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Whenever I hear people say "ex" I assume they are dimwits.
Why thank you.
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2006-05-21, 11:11

I don't really think it matters.
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2006-05-21, 11:21

I used to say "oh es ex", but then switched to "oh es ten" after watching a few Steve Jobs keynotes.
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2006-05-21, 11:22

"OS X" but for you Brad I'll swich to "OS TEN"
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2006-05-21, 11:27

Oh Es Ten is the correct way to say it. Just everyone take note. I'm actually really surprised that so many people call it "Ecks."
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2006-05-21, 11:54

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Oh Es Ten is the correct way to say it.
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2006-05-21, 12:08

I can't believe more than half of the people call it 'EX', I've always though it was supposed to be 'TEN', since the one before it was 9...

When I hear people call it 'EX' I think they're stupid n00bs, but since I'm a switcher, maybe I'm wrong? But I'm anal about that kinda stuff, I hate when people write Itunes, Imac or Ipod. It just bugs me.

I coulda swore Jobs has always called it 'TEN' in the keynotes...

I really don't care either way, 'TEN' sounds so much better than 'EX', I'm sticking with 'TEN'.

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2006-05-21, 12:20

I say Ten. Makes sense coming after OS9

The first Mac OS I used was 7.6 in school, and my first Mac (PM6500) came with OS8 which was upgraded through 8.5, 8.6, 9 and 9.1.

I didnt really use OSX until 10.4, though I had a little experience with 10.1 on iMacs in college.
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2006-05-21, 12:32

I'm with chucker on this one..

So THRRRRRRR to Brad!

I am in the group of people that know it is pronounced 'Ten', but prefer to say 'Oh' 'ess' 'eks'.

I am not a 'dimwit' so when speaking to people who I think would expect to hear me say 'exx' I do.. But at home, and in my head it has always been and will be 'eks'.

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2006-05-21, 12:33

I think this falls into the "tastes great" vs. "less filling" debates.

but i also say oh es ex, i guess i don't like the sound of having to say oh es elleven in the future
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2006-05-21, 12:35

I prefer "Oh Es Ex" myself, but as I've mentioned here before, since the X can be construed rightfully as a Roman numeral 10, it serves a double function--in essence, it's a pun or non-sexual double-entendre of sorts.

Of course, we'll find out for sure once "System 11" comes out.

Note too that at Apple's site, there are references to, and I quote, "Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger" and "Mac OS X version 10.4 'Tiger'." (The latter link is a PDF file; the reference comes specifically from page 3 of the Tiger product guide.)
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2006-05-21, 12:37

According to Apple it's "OS Ten." Also, open TextEdit, type "OS X" and select Edit->Speech->Start Speaking.

I'm pretty sure the pun was intended to be a visual one.
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2006-05-21, 12:38

Oh es ex sounds a lot cooler than oh es ten. I do hate it when people say that they have "oh es ex ten". Double whammy!
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2006-05-21, 12:45

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I'm pretty sure the pun was intended to be a visual one.
I think that sums it up nicely.

I think Oh es ten sounds better. Oh es ex, especially when said quickly sounds like 'Oh! Sex!'. While OS X is good, it's hardly that good!
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2006-05-21, 12:51

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Originally Posted by chucker
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Originally Posted by Luca
Oh Es Ten is the correct way to say it.
Straight from the horse's mouth:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.h...en/mh2002.html
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The current version of Mac OS is Mac OS X (pronounced "Mac O-S ten").
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2006-05-21, 12:51

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I think that sums it up nicely.

I think Oh es ten sounds better. Oh es ex, especially when said quickly sounds like 'Oh! Sex!'. While OS X is good, it's hardly that good!
'Oh! Sex! sounds great to me, turbulentfurball. Such a strong subliminal marketing tool too!
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2006-05-21, 12:52

I am going to start a new trend...

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The 'X' character is the roman numeral for ten.

since the X is a Roman numeral I am going to start calling it "Oh Es Decem"

who is the dimwit now! oh how little you know!
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2006-05-21, 12:53

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"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet."
This sentence was added to satisfy the minimum characters requirement. Please disregard.
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And? That renders people who use different pronunciation 'lesser'?
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2006-05-21, 12:57

Is mispronunciation any more excusable than misspelling? Should we just give up altogether on properly identifying products by their names?
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2006-05-21, 12:58

personally, I say "oos ex."
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2006-05-21, 13:00

Except that it can be argued that it's not a mispronunication but rather a case of different way of looking at it; X is roman numberal for ten, and since they do use the X on packaging, it's ambigious.

Saying "So X", on the other hand...

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Is mispronunciation any more excusable than misspelling? Should we just give up altogether on properly identifying products by their names?
I fail to understand how "OS ecks" is "improperly identifying". Heck, what about internationalization? Do you consider "OS zehn" "improper"? "OS dix"?
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Except that it can be argued that it's not a mispronunication but rather a case of different way of looking at it; X is roman numberal for ten, and since they do use the X on packaging, it's ambigious.

Saying "So X", on the other hand...

*points to Ol'Bill's grave*
Indeed. And as long it's not called XP, we should consider ourselves very fortunate.

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2006-05-21, 13:11

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I say Ten. Makes sense coming after OS9
For this reason, I've always called it oh ex ten as well. It's not like it was OS W before OS X.

WAKE UP people.
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2006-05-21, 13:15

FWIW, this is how I say OS X.



which flows more smoothly and is easier to read than if I said OS Ten. But I guess I need His Steveness's approval, do I?
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2006-05-21, 13:17

Not unless you're drunk. Oh, nevermind. You can still get away with. Better than oh s iks, ffs.
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