10 Tech Words You Might Have Mispronounced

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Mispronouncing some words is not the end of the world but some people will find all the reasons to judge you by the way you pronounce things. So if you don’t want to look stupid when you talk especially right next to a tech nerd, read this guide to help you pronounce these popular tech terms correctly.

1. Cache

Cache or caching is a process of storing recently accessed files in computer memories for speedy access at a later time. It’s commonly mispronounced as “ka-shay”, but it’s actually just “cash” as in, the money.

 

 

2. Meme

A meme is an idea, concept or behavior that is passed on from person to person online. Most memes are humorous images of people or animals with short but funny captions and are usually shared in social media and online forums. It is pronounced as “meem”, not “meh-meh” or “mem”.

 

 

3. GIF

GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format which is basically a compressed file format widely used for posting humorous internet memes, satirical images or small icons.  Many are confused as to how it should be pronounced, whether it should be with hard “g” or “j”. However, the person who invented it, Steve Wilhite from CompuServe finally ended the debate by opting for “jif”, like the well-known peanut butter brand.

 

 

4. Data

Data is an information stored or processed through a computer. It can be in a form of texts, files, images, audio and others. You can either pronounce it as “day-tuh” or “dah-tuh”.

 

 

6. Router

This is a hardware device that transfers data packets from a Local Area Network (LAN) to another network. It could also be a woodworking tool used to make grooves for joints and decorative moldings. In British English, it is pronounced as “roo-ter” while in American English, it’s “rau-ter”.

 

 

4. OS X

Apple introduced its 10th version of the Macintosh operating system but instead of using the number 10, they opted for the Roman numeral counterpart. So you read it as “oh-es-ten” not “oh-es-eks”.

 

 

7. Nokia

Before people were clamoring for iPhones and Samsung Galaxy smartphones, Nokia dominated the mobile phone market in early 2000s. Since 2011, Nokia has partnered with Microsoft and adopted the Windows Phone for its smartphone device.  How to pronounce? Say “NO-kee-uh”.

 

 

8. Asus

Asus is a Taiwanese multinational company famous for its affordable and high quality computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. The correct way to pronounce it is “A-seuss” which sounds like Dr. Seuss.

 

 

9. Linux

Pronounced as “LIH-nix”, Linux is an open-source operating system based on UNIX.

 

 

10. Imgur

Imgur is a free image hosting website that allows its users to upload and share images to its social community. Many people often make the mistake of pronouncing it as “im-gurr” but it’s actually “image-er”.

 

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