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CargoMatatu 11th Jan 2019 09:41

Computer terms pronunciation
 
Here's one that crops up on a fairly regular basis in our office:

How do you pronounce the full version of Gb? Do you say Gigabyte or Jigabyte?

Seems to be about a fifty-fifty split in our office. We're an I.T. company, by the way! :ugh:

FullOppositeRudder 11th Jan 2019 09:47

Gigabyte (with a hard G) is the only way I've ever heard it said down here. But then again we Australians talk funny. Also often abbreviated to "Gig" or "Gigs" when discussed with those of similar (often limited) technical expertise.

treadigraph 11th Jan 2019 09:52

We always said gig with a hard g on my office.

double_barrel 11th Jan 2019 09:57


Originally Posted by treadigraph (Post 10357791)
We always said gig with a hard g on my office.


Same here


(if you say jigabyte, why don't you say jijabyte?)

(jigabyte sounds like a wound from an insect larva)

(how do you pronounce MySQL?)

meadowrun 11th Jan 2019 10:10

G
Want a jigabyte? Use a J.

Blues&twos 11th Jan 2019 10:11

G is usually only pronounced like a J when followed by an E.
George, large, geography etc.
As usual, there are exceptions (get, gelding etc)

darkroomsource 11th Jan 2019 10:11

Gigabyte with a hard G, because long before we had Gigabytes in computers, we had computer consultants who did computer gigs, and before that we had musicians who did gigs.

And MySQL is usually pronounced My Ess Queue Elle, but I pronounce it MySqueel

Sallyann1234 11th Jan 2019 10:12

Gig. Squil.

meadowrun 11th Jan 2019 10:27

Paradigm

A well loved term embraced by upper management types, endorsed by best-selling management gurus and used when upper management has no idea what to do next with a problem that is confounding their brain cells.
Solution? Apply esoteric name and throw it down a few levels for lower management to sort out what is usually a profound, wide ranging, strategic problem.

In their honour I always pronounce it Para-Dij-em because it reminds me of bumper car rides.

(yeah, yeah, not really a computer speak thing.)

DaveReidUK 11th Jan 2019 10:29


Originally Posted by darkroomsource (Post 10357808)
Gigabyte with a hard G, because long before we had Gigabytes in computers, we had computer consultants who did computer gigs, and before that we had musicians who did gigs.

Sorry, but Emmett Brown disagrees:



:O

ORAC 11th Jan 2019 11:42

I’m not sure why the assumed accent of an American actor should be considered definitive for the pronunciation of English IT terminology.

Imagegear 11th Jan 2019 11:53

A number of French associates use the soft "Jiga" term (No Bytes) to describe capacity. e.g. 50 Jiga..100 Jiga, etc.

However, throughout my experience around the world it has always been the hard "G", with bytes.

IG

G-CPTN 11th Jan 2019 12:13


Originally Posted by Blues&twos (Post 10357807)
G is usually only pronounced like a J when followed by an E.
George, large, geography etc.
As usual, there are exceptions (get, gelding etc)

Like giraffe . . .

DaveReidUK 11th Jan 2019 12:16


Originally Posted by ORAC (Post 10357878)
Iím not sure why the assumed accent of an American actor should be considered definitive for the pronunciation of English IT terminology.

Nobody said we were just talking about English IT.

The pronunciation in that clip was the standard American usage for many years, may well still be: NIST: Metric (SI) Prefixes

ORAC 11th Jan 2019 13:04

The OP is in “the green heart of Europe”....

Sallyann1234 11th Jan 2019 13:37


Originally Posted by G-CPTN (Post 10357890)
Like giraffe . . .

... or gigolo

Blues&twos 11th Jan 2019 14:26

Ah, but both "gigolo" and "giraffe" are French in origin.

And that's just the sort of thing the French would do.

Barksdale Boy 11th Jan 2019 14:57

Giga derives from the Greek gigas (hard gammas) meaning giant, and we all know how we pronounce that.... but then again usage usually trumps everything else.

Allan Lupton 11th Jan 2019 14:59


Originally Posted by Sallyann1234 (Post 10357963)
... or gigolo

. . . or giant, gin or gist

pattern_is_full 11th Jan 2019 14:59

Either is correct - I use Gig. I even say it that way when I steal from Doc Brown - "1.21 Gigabytes?! 1.21 Gigabytes!? What was I thinking?"

However, I do not say Guygantic or Gih-gantic to refer to something else that's very large - or "Guy-ant" to refer to a very tall person. In 1947 when the prefix was assigned, it was from classical Greek (which even Greeks no longer pronounce the same way) - but there is some evidence a German (Jerman) scientist proposed the use in the 1920s - with a jerman "Guh." The Greek letter involved is "gamma."

In French, of course, "George" is "Zhorhzh." Maybe it should be Zhizhabyte - which is slightly closer to J than to "Guh."

Next question, next letter: Is it Gihgabytes or Guygabites? 7% of Britons (wikipaedia reports) prefer Guygabytes or Juygabytes


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