12 January 2024

15 Tech Terms You’ve Been Pronouncing Wrong

By usamerica_us

If you’ve been saying Huawei as hua-way or hua-wei instead of wah-way, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many of us struggle with the correct pronunciation of tech words. That’s why I’ve put together a list of 15 commonly mispronounced tech terms and their correct pronunciations. Now you can confidently say these words the right way!

If you have any other tech words or terms that should be added to this list, please let me know in the comments along with the correct pronunciation.

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1. GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)

Hey there! I bet you’ve heard all about the ongoing GIF debate, right? Well, let me tell you, it’s a topic that’s still craving some justice when it comes to its pronunciation. Believe it or not, it should actually be pronounced as “jif,” not “gif.”

2. Xiaomi

Now, here’s an interesting one. Even though Xiaomi is the fourth largest smartphone maker in the world, a lot of folks still get its name all wrong. Instead of saying “sha-o-mee,” they go with “zi-o-mi” or “zi-ao-mi.” It’s quite the tongue twister, isn’t it?

3. Huawei

Did you know that Huawei is one of the biggest manufacturers of telecom equipment in the world? It serves 45 out of the top 50 telecom operators! However, most of us don’t pronounce its name correctly. Many people say “hua-way” or “hua-wei,” but the real way to say it is “wah-way.”

4. OS X

Now, let’s talk about OS X. It’s actually the second most widely used desktop operating system, right after Windows. But a lot of people get confused with the “X” in OS X. Here’s the thing – the “X” is actually a Roman numeral that represents ten. So, the correct way to pronounce OS X is “ou-es ten,” not “ou-es ex.”

5. ASUS

ASUS is a really big computer company. It’s the fourth largest in the whole world! But do you know how to say its name? Some people say “a-seuss” or “eh-sus.” Others say “a-su-ss,” “a-suh-ss,” or “ah-seu-ss.” It’s definitely a bit of a mystery!

6. Meme

Memes are jokes that you see on social media. They’re usually pictures with words on them. But here’s the tricky part: how do you say the word “meme”? Some people say “mem” and others say “me-me.” But guess what? They’re both wrong! The right way to say it is “meem.”

7. Cache

In the world of technology, there are two main concepts where the word “cache” is used: cache memory and web cache. It’s a commonly used term, but it’s often mispronounced as “kay-shay” when the correct pronunciation is actually “cash.”

Now let me tell you about Imgur. You may have heard of it before – it’s an online image-sharing community. But did you know that many people mispronounce Imgur? Instead of saying “im-jer” or “im-gur,” the correct pronunciation is actually “image-er” or “im-ij-er.”

And finally, let’s talk about “pwn.” It’s a term that originated from a typo but has since become synonymous with “own” in the gaming community. So if you’re ever talking about “pwn,” remember that it’s pronounced just like “own.”

Technology can be a confusing world, full of mispronunciations and mistaken meanings. But now that you know the correct pronunciations, you can confidently navigate this digital landscape.

If you’re into video games, there’s a good chance you’ve used the word “Pwn” to taunt your opponent when they’re losing. This word is typically used in writing, so people pronounce it in different ways. Some say it like “own” or “oun,” while others say it like “pwoun” or “pawn.”

Now, let’s move on to something else. Have you heard of the G’zOne?

If you’re a loyal customer of Casio, you’ve probably heard of their tough mobile phone series called Casio G’zOne. But when it comes to pronouncing G’zOne, it can be a bit tricky. You might try saying “jiz-one,” “jee-zee-wun,” or “g-zone,” but none of those are correct. The right way to say it is “jeez-wun.”

11. Qi

If you’ve used wireless chargers for smartphones, you may be familiar with Qi. It’s a global standard for wireless charging. But when it comes to pronunciation, “Qi” is actually pronounced as “chee,” which is quite different from how it looks.

12. Ubuntu

No doubt, Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux operating systems for computers, smartphones, and tablets. But there’s still confusion about how to pronounce it. Some people say “you-bun-too,” but that’s the wrong way. The correct pronunciation is “oo-bun-too.”

Now let’s talk about Adobe. It’s a name that everyone in the tech industry is familiar with, but even some non-tech people know it too. However, when it comes to pronouncing Adobe, some people say “a-dobb,” which is incorrect. The correct pronunciation is “ado-bee.”

Finally, let’s discuss Linux. It’s a well-known operating system, but its pronunciation can be tricky. Some say it like “lie-nux,” but that’s not quite right. The correct way to say it is “lih-nux.”

So, next time you’re talking about Ubuntu, Adobe, or Linux, remember the correct pronunciations: “oo-bun-too,” “ado-bee,” and “lih-nux.”

Did you know that the Linux operating system has been around for about 25 years? It’s fascinating how there are two common ways people pronounce it: “lie-nux” and “linn-ux”. Some users say “lie-nux”, but the correct way to say it is “linn-ux”.

15. Router

Now, let’s talk about routers. They’re an essential component of computer networks, and those who work with computer networking understand how important they are. Interestingly, there’s a debate about how to pronounce the word “router.” Some say “rowter”, while others prefer “rooter”. In US English, both pronunciations, “rowter” and “rooter”, are considered correct. However, in British English, only “rooter” is considered correct.

Hey there! I found this really cool video on YouTube that talks about how to pronounce tech terms. It’s super interesting!

Speaking of tech, did you know that there are actually 20 words that originated from the internet and made it into the dictionary? Isn’t that crazy? The Oxford Dictionary Online (ODO) has been making waves for years by accepting these words that are widely used.

I think it’s pretty cool how language evolves and adapts to our changing world. If you’re interested, you can read more about it.