I am intrigued by the use of the letter "x" in the abbreviation of the term "User Experience" does this follow any specific language or phonetic rules?

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    There are no "rules" for such abbreviations -- the person who invents the term is the "rule". But it's not unusual to use "X" in an abbreviation for a word which starts with an "ex" sound. – Hot Licks Mar 14 '15 at 21:34
  • Hi @HotLicks I was thinking more in terms of is it initialism or an acronym and why? – Okavango Mar 14 '15 at 21:46
  • @HotLicks but do agree with you on phonetics! – Okavango Mar 14 '15 at 21:47
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    Wars have been fought over whether it's "abbreviation" or "initialism" or "acronym", so I won't go into that. As to "why?" -- well, because. Someone simply decides that "UX" is an appropriate abbreviation, uses it, and others pick it up. – Hot Licks Mar 14 '15 at 21:48
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    If you Google for "center for user experience research" you will find a lot of organizations that abbreviate using "X", but also Collaborative User Experience (CUE) Research Group. – Hot Licks Mar 14 '15 at 21:54

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