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Title: Question re: Greek letter pronunciation...
Post by: GabrieltheCelt on April 23, 2009, 01:18:08 PM
I was wondering, since we pronounce the letter 'x' (chi?) with a hard c sound in XPISTOS, why not also in the word "Orthodox" or 'Maximos?"
Title: Re: Question re: Greek letter pronunciation...
Post by: Heorhij on April 23, 2009, 01:57:51 PM
I was wondering, since we pronounce the letter 'x' (chi?) with a hard c sound in XPISTOS, why not also in the word "Orthodox" or 'Maximos?"

I think you are actually talking about two different Greek letters, one "khi" (χ) and the other "ksi" (ξ). "Khristos" has "khi," while "Orthodoks" and "Maksimos" have "ksi."
Title: Re: Question re: Greek letter pronunciation...
Post by: Fr. George on April 23, 2009, 02:14:06 PM
I was wondering, since we pronounce the letter 'x' (chi?) with a hard c sound in XPISTOS, why not also in the word "Orthodox" or 'Maximos?"

As Heorhij points out, "X" in Greek is more of a back-of-the-throat H sound (in-between a normal H and clearing your throat there is a point where this "X" - pronounced Hee - comes from), versus the x (ex) in english which is more of a "ks" sound and has a different letter in the Greek alphabet (the "ksi" which he demonstrates in his post above).
Title: Re: Question re: Greek letter pronunciation...
Post by: GabrieltheCelt on April 23, 2009, 02:34:20 PM
Confusion cleared up!  Thanks y'all!  ;)
Title: Re: Question re: Greek letter pronunciation...
Post by: Fr. George on April 23, 2009, 02:50:02 PM
Confusion cleared up!  Thanks y'all!  ;)

Glad we could be of service.