GNU

Today during lunch, my co-workers and I are having lunch and somebody decided to bring up the topic of Open Source. Then a heated debate came up. As we all probably know, there are different types of Open Source licenses, Apache, BSD, GNU, etc. But we are interested in how to pronounce "GNU". Most of us agree that it should be pronounced "guh-noo", but someone also claim it should be pronounced "noo" with silent "G".

Here is what I found with a little googling:

1.) from http://www.gnu.org/

GNU is a recursive acronym for "GNU's Not UNIX"; it is pronounced guh-noo, like canoe.

2.) from http://www.bartleby.com/61/75/G0167500.html

PRONUNCIATION: noo, nyoo

NOUN: Either of two large African antelopes (Connochaetes gnou or C. taurinus) having a drooping mane and beard, a long tufted tail, and curved horns in both sexes. Also called wildebeest.

So I guess you would say something like "GNU(guh-noo) Emacs" and "African gnu(noo)".

Comments:

so does GNOME.

Posted by guest on October 11, 2007 at 06:17 PM PDT #

Since GNU is an acronym, none of the letters are silent. Same rule with GNOME.

Posted by guest on November 16, 2007 at 12:08 AM PST #

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