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Old 08-21-2010, 12:05 AM
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Do people really pronounce URL as "earl"


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Old 08-21-2010, 12:07 AM
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It has another pronunciation?




I'm a kid past 40, apparently...
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:09 AM
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u-r-l here
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:30 AM
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U-R-L here.

O-I-L is pronounced "earl".

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Old 08-21-2010, 01:24 AM
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Yes, that was the common pronunciation at the large internet company I used to work for.
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Old 08-21-2010, 02:40 AM
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They are the same people who pronounce GIF like jiff.
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Old 08-21-2010, 04:11 AM
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They are the same people who pronounce GIF like jiff.
And pronounce Linux like "Lye-nix".
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They are the same people who pronounce GIF like jiff.
I pronounce it giff. Is that wrong? :P
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Old 08-21-2010, 04:34 AM
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My friend says yurl.

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They are the same people who pronounce GIF like jiff.
And pronounce Linux like "Lye-nix".
I pronounce it 'Lye-nux' because it is derived from the name 'Linus' and I've never heard that pronounced other than 'Lye-nus'.

Some people, I know, pronounce it 'Lin' (rhymes with spin) 'us'.

I always say U R L.

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Old 08-21-2010, 06:12 AM
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Sorry, I came over all nostalgic. I haven't heard anyone call it an "Earl" since 1999. So quaint.
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Old 08-21-2010, 06:56 AM
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I pronounce it 'Lye-nux' because it is derived from the name 'Linus' and I've never heard that pronounced other than 'Lye-nus'.
The thing is, Linus Torvalds himself pronounces it like "Linnix".
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:09 AM
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I pronounce it 'Lye-nux' because it is derived from the name 'Linus' and I've never heard that pronounced other than 'Lye-nus'.
The thing is, Linus Torvalds himself pronounces it like "Linnix".
I'll graciously allow him to continue to pronounce it like that if he wishes.
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My grandparents do that. They also refer to the courier UPS as "ups", as in the opposite of "downs".
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My mom used to say "Earl" for "URL".

I think I'm unusual in that I always insist on spelling out A-S-C-I-I by letter. I never liked the sound of "ass-key".
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Uncle Earl's


Oh no, that's Uncle Ed's Oil Change. I have to keep these all separate.
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And pronounce Linux like "Lye-nix".
I pronounce it 'Lye-nux' because it is derived from the name 'Linus' and I've never heard that pronounced other than 'Lye-nus'.

Some people, I know, pronounce it 'Lin' (rhymes with spin) 'us'.

I always say U R L.
His name isn't the same as the Peanuts character, his name is Swedish; the "i" is pronounced something like "ee," not "eye."
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I think I'm unusual in that I always insist on spelling out A-S-C-I-I by letter. I never liked the sound of "ass-key".
You are. I have never heard it as anything but "asskey," and spelling it out like you do would confuse me momentarily, if I do indeed figure it out.

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My business partner does this (we're in the Web business). I dunno where he picked it up - I've never ever done it myself.
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I spell it out, "you are ell" but my 8th grade computers teacher (an older black lady from the south) said "earl." I have never heard anybody else ever say it like "earl".
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I've been saying "earl" since the Web started. I think it sounds weird when people spell it out.
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:16 PM
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EARL? I don't think I've ever heard anyone say that.

I work for the city's IT service provider and I'm pretty sure I've never heard anyone there say EARL. But most are web developers or other sorts of IT engineers and tend to say "address" or "site name" when talking about a URL.

Come to think of it, I don't say URL much at all because it's kind of awkward on the tongue. I just say "What's the address"?

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Come to think of it, I don't say URL much at all because it's kind of awkward on the tongue. I just say "What's the address"?
Now that I think of it, I do that too. I don't think I've used "you are ell" regularly since the mid/late 90s.
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I once had a physics professor who pronounced the name of Jupiter's moon Io as "eye-zero". He was not an astronomer.
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I say "you are ell". Why wouldn't you? I mean, you don't pronounce USA as "ooh-suh" do you?
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Do people really pronounce URL as "earl"


Wow - that would be kinda....weird.
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Old 08-22-2010, 12:59 AM
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I say "you are ell". Why wouldn't you? I mean, you don't pronounce USA as "ooh-suh" do you?
I'm not buying your analogy. You say PIN, CAT scan, SCSI ("scuzzy"), SQL is often "sequel," etc. Why not "earl" for "URL"? I don't say it this way, but it's perfectly sensible.
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I say "you are ell". Why wouldn't you? I mean, you don't pronounce USA as "ooh-suh" do you?
I'm not buying your analogy. You say PIN, CAT scan, SCSI ("scuzzy"), SQL is often "sequel," etc. Why not "earl" for "URL"? I don't say it this way, but it's perfectly sensible.
I say "pin" and "cat scan" because people would look at me like I'm crazy if I pronounced out the letters. Which is the way I would like at someone who pronounces URL as "earl"

Okay, it was bad analogy, I admit. Still, it begs the question: why are some acronyms pronounced as a word, while others are pronounced as letters?
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Okay, it was bad analogy, I admit. Still, it begs the question: why are some acronyms pronounced as a word, while others are pronounced as letters?
To be pedantic, by definition, all acronyms are pronounced as words. If it's not pronounced as a word, it's an initialism.
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:47 AM
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These are the same people who think SQL is pronounced "sequel."

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I think I'm unusual in that I always insist on spelling out A-S-C-I-I by letter. I never liked the sound of "ass-key".
Now that's just going too far.
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They are the same people who pronounce GIF like jiff.
All of my computer techy friends make fun of me when I say gee-eye-eff (spelling it out). They snort, then say, "Um you mean JIFF."

Uh, that sounds dumb as fuck to me.

And earl? EARL? Who does that? So weird.
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And earl? EARL? Who does that? So weird.
Seems like Cecil does. The Weird Earl's section of the Straight Dope is a pun on "weird URLs."
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If it were supposed to be pronounced as letters, it would have periods. If a group of capital letters can be pronounced as a word, it should be. I'm having a hard time thinking of an exception.

There is one that seems like an exception, but it isn't: I don't say "sequel" for SQL. I'm fine with pronouncing acronyms as words (if they can be pronounced), but not cheating by adding in sounds that are completely nonexistent. None of the letters indicated contain or can make an [i] sound. "Squell" would be okay, but since that is not an accepted pronunciation, I stick with treating the acronym like an initialism, and pronounce it "ess-cue-ell."

And I don't get people saying jiff. That would be JIF. There are a lot of words that do not soften the G before I, so why soften the G and create ambiguity?

Also, Linux has a short I, because the Linus who created it pronounces his I with a short I.

Finally, I will not judge those of you who say you-are-ell, but I still think you should spell it U.R.L. if you're going to do that, just like U.S.A. And definitely never write it in lowercase.
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If it were supposed to be pronounced as letters, it would have periods. If a group of capital letters can be pronounced as a word, it should be. I'm having a hard time thinking of an exception.
So in casual speech, to determine if something should be pronounced as a word or individual letters, we have to first determine whether or not we would use periods if we were writing it? And if we decide we wouldn't use periods, we next have to determine if it can be pronounced as a word?

The first step seems too time consuming for casual conversations, and the second step is clearly subjective. If I determine at step one that I don't use periods for USA, then if one person in the world believes that can be pronounced as a word, do I too have to pronounce it "oo-sah"? Or only if 51% of the world believes it can be pronounced as a word do I have to follow suit?

For the record, I pronounce it U-R-L, and I've not once heard it pronounced earl, so I hadn't really given it much thought.
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It used to bug me when people said "scuzzy". (SCSI)
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Yeah, but I loved the sound of the pronounciation of WYSIWYG.
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I work for a well known Silicon Valley software developer. I hear "you are el" most often, "earl" less often, and "yurl" occasionally. Similarly, "guid" == "goo id" but also "gwid".
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I have never once heard anyone call it "earl"

I always call the UPS drive the "ups man" though
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And earl? EARL? Who does that? So weird.
Seems like Cecil does. The Weird Earl's section of the Straight Dope is a pun on "weird URLs."
I really hope I'm not the only one who didn't know that until now.

I have a friend who pronounced wi-fi as "wee fee." At first I thought he was just being funny, but he says everyone he knows pronounces it like that. Makes me want to put my fist through the wall.
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I say 'earl.' I've always said 'earl,' ever since the internet first came to my attention.
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They are the same people who pronounce GIF like jiff.
I pronounce it giff. Is that wrong? :P
Ask Elbridge Gerry, VPOTUS under Madison who hashad it bastardized into jerrymander.

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I say "earl" and "jiff" and "jay peg", but I usually say "ess cue ell".
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Uh, that sounds dumb as fuck to me.
"mow dumb" sounds DAF to me. It stands for "Modulate/demodulate" and we don't say "Mowedulate Demowedulate." =)

I say "You Are El." and when my users stare at me blankly, continue, "Web address."
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Also, Linux has a short I, because the Linus who created it pronounces his I with a short I.

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No he doesn't. His name is pronounced closer to Lee-nus or Lee-Noos. He pronounces Linux with a short i, as Len-ux.

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FAQ is still pronounced "fack," right? (Oh dear.)
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It used to bug me when people said "scuzzy". (SCSI)
Considering that the folks who came up with the protocol wanted it pronounced "sexy"...
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