Re: How do you say "gnus"?
Phil Stripling <phil_stripling <at> cieux.zzn.com>
2005-01-02 21:25:09 GMT
David Sumbler <david <at> aeolia.co.uk> writes:
> Now for the trivial question: how do you say "Gnus"? Is it pronounced
> like "News", or do the cognoscienti pronounce it in some other way?
Do you know what a schwa is? If not, see
Since I can't type the upside down e that is the symbol for schwa, let me
use uh. 'uh' cannot be accented, so gnus is pronounced
with the accent on noose.
> For that matter, how do people usually say "Emacs"? I say "Ee-macs",
> but perhaps it should be "Em-axe".
> On the very rare occasions when I have managed to get to a local Linux
> user group (my work schedule doesn't usually allow it) I've realized
> that most people seem to say "Line-ux" for what I think of as
> "Linn-ux". I suppose none of it matters much, especially if I never
> get to talk to anyone about these things!
It's a coined word, as are gnus (in this instance) and emacs, so
pronunciation is not governed by standard rules (gif, for example is
supposed to be pronounced using the hard g found in golf, but American
English proposes that it should be jiff. C'est la vie.) In American
English, Linus is pronounced so that the first syllable rhymes with