-x

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the French plural suffix -x.

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Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-x pl

  1. Forms plurals of ‘u’-terminal nouns (and, very rarely, some others), chiefly of French origin.
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Etymology 2[edit]

X is prototypically pronounced [ks] in English; it therefore serves as a convenient shorthand for the digraphs (cs, ks, etc.) or trigraphs (cks etc.) that would otherwise represent that consonant cluster.

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-x

  1. (slang) Used to replace a -ks- sound, as in hax (hacks), punx (punks), pix (pics).
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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Particularly: “Usually silent, but /z/ when it precedes a vowel, right?”

Suffix[edit]

-x

  1. Used to form the regular plural of certain nouns.
    dieu → dieux
    god → gods

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  • English: -x