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Pronunciation #135120 08/11/05 12:16 AM
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This may be a strange question..

What is the 'official' and 'proper' way to pronounce 'mIRC'? I've heard people say it as a word: 'merk' and I've also heard people pronounce it as letters: 'M I R C'. I think the only true answer would be from the mouth of the creator or someone who speaks (verbally) with him.

If anyone knows for sure, please let everyone else know.

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Re: Pronunciation #135121 08/11/05 12:30 AM
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Taken from Khaleds FAQ.

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Question: How do you pronounce mIRC?
Answer: I pronounce each letter, m-I-R-C. However, it's fine to pronounce it as 'mirk'. Often during a conversation I'll switch between both pronunciations, depending on how quickly I want to get my point across!

Question: What does the 'm' in mIRC stand for?
Answer: It quite possibly stands for 'moo', or perhaps even MU.


-Andy

Re: Pronunciation #135122 08/11/05 01:45 PM
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I prefer "merk" ... it's easier to say one syllable than to say 4. smile


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Re: Pronunciation #135123 08/11/05 05:32 PM
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how about mir-c "mercy" , lol

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I have always spelled it out m i r c
I guess merk is ok, but its like pronouncing IRC as "erk"
"Yes, I chat to people all over the world on erk"
just doesn't have that certain ring to it

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I have always spelled it out m i r c
I guess merk is ok, but its like pronouncing IRC as "erk"
"Yes, I chat to people all over the world on erk"
just doesn't have that certain ring to it

- That's exactly how I'd say it (not that I ever have though to be honest, it's not something that comes up in conversation in my experience). Generally speaking if an acronym can be pronounced easily it will be, (eg. NASA, AWOL, RADAR, SONAR, ASAP, GIF, WAV).


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Re: Pronunciation #135126 08/11/05 09:30 PM
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Only thing on your acronym list that I wouldn't include in that list is ASAP. I never say that as a word... I always say the letters themselves. smile

It's true that I say I R C instead of "erk"... not really sure the difference.

Another one to the list that people say as a word... LOL. Or, if you're adventurous, try ROFL... "roffel" or "roffeling" smile


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Re: Pronunciation #135127 09/11/05 09:19 AM
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I call it 'Merk' because it is easier than spelling out the letters just the same as I call Australia's national airline 'Kwontus' instead of spelling out the letters Q A N T A S. Then again, someone raised the issue of how to pronounce 'IRC' - saying 'Irk' just doesn't sound right. On the other hand, Microsoft Agent pronounces 'IRC' as 'aye-arc'.

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Be pretty silly spelling out QANTAS when even thay call them selves Kwontus.

PS tell you mentioned it i didnt even know QANTAS was acroname for anything.

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Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Service. It was their birthday today too. They started out as a joyflight company which is probably a strange thing since commercial flight was almost non-existant at the time.

Be pretty silly spelling out QANTAS when even thay call them selves Kwontus.

Yep, it'd take a long time to spell that out every time you wanted to mention it. :tongue: