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Tech Terms You’ve Probably Been Mispronouncing Your Whole Digital Life
By Mikelle Leow, 13 Mar 2017
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Since we use these words mostly behind the screen, it’s not really necessary to know how to pronounce them right—but it certainly comes in handy when we’re trying to impress, or annoy, someone.
Hongkiat has compiled a list of commonly mispronounced terms to teach us a bit more about the language of technology that even your computer’s voice assistant may be reading wrongly.
Take a look at some of the terms below, and head over here to learn more.
Even though there's an ongoing internet war over this, Steve Wilhite—the creator of the graphic format—has confirmed that the word is pronounced as “jif”, not “gif”.
“Despite the fact that Xiaomi is [the] world’s fourth largest smartphone maker, many people still pronounce it as ‘zi-o-mi’ or ‘zi-ao-mi’… its actual pronunciation is ‘sha-o-mee’.”
3. OS X
Although ‘OS X’ is the second most used desktop operating system after Windows, people misread the “X” in “OS X”, which in actuality, refers to the Roman numeral.
These image jokes, like the one in the first photo, are a joke in themselves because of their confusing pronunciation. People commonly read it as “me-me” or “mem”, when the right way to call it is “meem”.
It’s been around for 25 years, but this operating system's name has been mispronounced for just as long. The right pronunciation for it is “linn-ux”, not “lie-nux”. Talk about being told a lie-nux for years.
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