I know that this question may be not in the main stream, but it is the matter of communication.

We have LaTeX graphic packages graphics (s as standard) and graphicx (x as extended). I am thinking that the former should be pronunciated /ˈɡræfɪks/, but what about the latter?

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    I pronounce them the same :) I think only David Carlisle is qualified to offer a legitimate answer. Jul 15, 2014 at 4:10
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    new one and the old one ;)
    – percusse
    Jul 15, 2014 at 4:36
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  • @percusse but which is new and which is old (think carefully before answering that:-) Jul 15, 2014 at 9:41
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    I think you should say graphics as you normally do but then make a wild gesture with your hand, showing that you are "street" and for that reason will write it with a X
    – Martin H
    Jul 15, 2014 at 9:56

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I chose x originally to give the option of pronouncing it as s, the same as graphics but then you end up pronouncing them as “graphics-with-an-ess” and “graphics-with-an-ex” which is a bit of a mouthful, so normally (if I have to pronounce them at all) I'd say “graphics” and “graphic-ex”. But there is no “correct” pronunciation, just as with the pronunciation of LaTeX itself, the official documentation is deliberately vague on pronunciation and many variants are in use.

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    How about graphic + eXtreme? wooohooo :) Jul 15, 2014 at 9:59

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