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By: Aaron Wed, 12 Jul 2006 16:34:48 +0000 Lonnie-

Tell me the difference between gnome and Gnome. One is an elf-like creature that spends most of it's life in gardens of old fat widows, and the other is a window manager for X. Now, if the spellings are the same, then why are they pronounced different? Because of the captial 'G'?

Christer and Lonnie-

I will correct the way I say Ubuntu. I stand corrected. Thanks. I actually have pronounced this a few different ways over the years.

By: Christer Wed, 12 Jul 2006 03:09:16 +0000 Yeah, I'm also sad to hear you've been mispronouncing Ubuntu (as does herlo!) Taken from their site:

Ubuntu, an African word from Zulu and Xhosa, is pronounced "oo-BOON-too". See the other FAQ on its meaning, it's a worthwhile read, and no, you're not the first person to wonder. 🙂

By: Lonnie Olson Wed, 12 Jul 2006 00:25:37 +0000 You are wrong about Ubuntu, and Gnome.

By: Kenneth Burgener Tue, 11 Jul 2006 16:32:09 +0000 I prefer pronounce:

1. GIF as in "gift" minus the t.

2. PNG as "P-N-G".

3. Debian ...
"Debian is pronounced /ˈən/. It comes from the names of the creator of Debian, Ian Murdock, and his wife, Debra."

By: Stuart Jansen Mon, 10 Jul 2006 18:46:22 +0000 GNOME - guhNOHm
(although I support Elijah's push to modernized the caps to Gnome)
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By: jordy Mon, 10 Jul 2006 15:38:27 +0000 How about "etc"? --> EHT SEE

By: Aaron Mon, 10 Jul 2006 14:48:21 +0000 With "girl" and "gird", they are r-controlled words, which change the sound of the g from soft to hard. However, "giraffe" is pronounced soft, because the "r" is followed by another vowel, which makes it an r-controlled tickle word nullifying both the control of the "r" and the tickle.

With "gill", "gizzard", "giddy" and "gimmick", the vowel is followed by a double-consanant. This makes the "g" hard. This same rule applies to the letter "c". However, with c, "a", "o" and "u" following, stress the hard rule, where "e", "i" and "y" stress the soft rule. Other rules, such as the r-controlled vowel or tickle words can nullify it.

For the remaining words, "gig", "gift" and "gilt", I don't know of any rules at play that are creating the hard "g" (or my wife, who is teaching me all these rules, being the school teacher that she is). You have to remember that English is a melting pot of languages, which creates exceptions for every rule.


By: Matthew Kimber Mon, 10 Jul 2006 14:39:49 +0000 Oh and about "Mono" from the first response/comment. Just think Spanish. Since it means monkey and the inventor is Mexican (see Miguel de Icaza) you would/should pronounce it as Spanish. Not like the sickness.

By: Matthew Kimber Mon, 10 Jul 2006 14:34:11 +0000 Wouldn't you say that the "G" rule you mention is less used than say when in the word "give"? Here are some more that would have the hard sound:

- gill
- girl
- gird
- gimmick
- gig
- gift
- gilt
- giddy
- gizzard

If you can tell I'm with the "normal" gif-pronouncing (g1f - from Webster's Concise English Dictionary pronunciation guide) crowd.

By: Gabriel Mon, 10 Jul 2006 06:43:51 +0000 I heard these pronounced more then one way: