Most people these days share funny memes and GIFs with friends and family, but how many times does someone say “JIF” or “Me-me” out loud when referring to one? If that’s you, you’re saying it wrong.
Technical terms, brands and products often have strange names or words. For example, when you clear the cache on your computer, do you pronounce it as “cash-income” or “cash”? Only one of them is correct. With that in mind, here are ten popular tech words or brand names you’ve been saying wrong and how to say them right.
The term cache is often used for computers and technology. A cache is a special storage space for temporary files that help a device, browser, or app run faster and more efficiently.
You have cache memory and web cache, and this is often one of the first tips in fixing a problem with your phone or computer. someone can tell you”clear your cache and cookiesDon’t eat cookies. Clear them.
- Common misspellings: “ke-she” or “cash-e”
- Correct pronunciation: “cash”
Okay, well, before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s get the controversial “GIF” out of the way. But first, here’s a little backstory. a gif A file format for animated images is, and still is, to this day, the Internet can’t decide Correct way to pronounce.
say something Steve Wilhite, the creator of the GIF format, once said, “Select developers choose JIF,” suggesting that this is the correct pronunciation. But GIF stands for “Graphics Interchange Format” and the word “graphics” is pronounced with a hard G, and that’s why the debate will never end.
Say it with me—grass, garden, gamble, gimbal, gif.
- Common misspellings: gif
- Correct pronunciation: GIF “G-if”
Any die-hard tech will probably know everything there is to know about the Linux OS, and Linux is a popular version of the OS. Ubuntu, In fact, it runs on computers, tablets and smartphones. And while it may not be as popular as GIF or Cache, many still get it wrong.
- Common misspellings: “Yu-Bun-Too” or “Oo-Bun-Too”
- Correct pronunciation: “oo-boon-too”
You probably have a Qi wireless charger in your car, at your desk, or on a nightstand near the bed. Wireless charging is an amazing technology that can power many gadgets and smartphones. recharge wirelessly Without messing with cables and plugging anything in.
The correct name for modern wireless charging is Qi wireless charging, and Qi A global standard for technology.
- Common misspellings: The letter “Q I” is saying charge
- Correct pronunciation: “chi”
Now that you know how to say “Ubuntu”, we should probably be talking about “sudo”. Sudo is a program for Linux/Unix operating systems that allows users to run programs with the security privileges of another user or with elevated permissions. Similar to being an administrator on Windows.
“sudo” is short for “superuser do”. I’ll accept it. I’m one of the many who pronounce this wrong though The official site for sudo says I’m right,
- Common misspellings: “sue” or “pseudo”
- Correct pronunciation: “soo-doo” or “soo-doo”
While IKEA isn’t necessarily a technical term, the company is doing a lot With technology these days, and it even sells a desk with Qi wireless charging built right in, Also, IKEA is a common name that I hear mispronounced all the time.
Adding to the confusion in an already tricky name, the official IKEA Instagram posted the wrong pronunciation once, and we’ve never met it before.
“IKEA” is an acronym for the founder’s name, the name of his family farm, and the location of that farm in a village in Sweden. Ingvar KEmprad named his farm Ilmtaryd, and it is located in the village of ain Gunnared, Sweden. according to a interview with quartz“When Ingvar founded IKEA in 1943, he pronounced it with a distinctive Swedish accent, and that’s the right way.
- Common misspellings: “Aye-ki-yah” or “eye-ki-ah”
- Correct pronunciation: “ee-keh-yah”
Xiaomi is a Chinese company that manufactures smartphones, smart home devices, provides Internet services, and more. Xiaomi is the fourth largest smartphone maker in the world after Samsung, Apple and Huawei.
This is a big brand. Hugo Barra, the vice president of Android product management at Google, left the search giant in 2013 and joined Xiaomi, even though he stepped down in 2017. And while the company doesn’t offer a lot of devices, it’s popular enough that many people know the brand but still pronounce it wrong.
- Common misspellings: “Zee-o-mi” or “Zee-o-mi”
- Correct pronunciation: “Sha-o-mee” or “Shou-mee”
Memes are jokes. These are images that have white or black text on the top and bottom, often saying something funny, every day on social media and in your message threads. Tesla CEO Elon Musk loves memes.
Oddly enough, I’ve heard many people mispronounce the meme, which blows my mind. The next time you send someone a funny meme, maybe tell them how to say it the right way.
- Common misspellings: “meme” or “me-me”
- Correct pronunciation: “meme”
Another big brand in the computing world is ASUS, yet no one knows how to name it. ASUS is actually the fourth largest PC vendor, makes excellent motherboards, and is a difficult name to pronounce.
- Common misspellings: “ah-seu-ss” “ace-us”
- Correct pronunciation: “Ay-sous”
Huawei is one of the world’s newest telecommunications equipment manufacturers. and after one sanctions from the United States, it is still the third largest smartphone maker by volume. Huawei makes a little bit of everything, but people everywhere still mispronounce its name.
Before the Chinese company experienced all its American troubles (which is a story for another day), the company streets of new york city Trying and helping everyone say their name correctly. All you have to know is that it doesn’t start with an “H”, not even a bit.
- Common misspellings: “Hua-Way”
- Correct pronunciation: “Wow-way”
Don’t feel bad if you’re saying some of these wrong. It happens to the best of us. Even sudo provides several pronunciations on its official website, which only adds to the confusion, and they are not the only ones.
The internet collective will never agree on how to say GIFs, and that’s okay. In the meantime, say and brand these technical terms the right way, and tell your friends too.
The more you know, don’t you?