Letter x is really two sounds
To the editor:
That’s what we do with the name of our town. The letter “x” is really two sounds, first [k] + [s]. We shorten the “x” letter by producing only the first sound of the “x,” i.e. [k], but not the second sound [s]. So, Alexandria phonetically shortened sounds like “Alek,” saying just the first sound of the “x” letter. The International Phonetic Alphabet would show this clearly but few of us know those symbols, so let’s just say “Alex” would phonetically look more like “Aleks” and we just shorten it to “Alek” and skip the last sound [s] that is the second part of the “x” letter.