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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Pronounciation of 'char'

From Bjarne Stroustrup's C++ FAQ:

How do you pronounce "char"?
"char" is usually pronounced "tchar", not "kar". This may seem illogical because "character" is pronounced "ka-rak-ter", but nobody ever accused English pronounciation and spelling of being logical.

All these years, I've pronounced it incorrectly...


ronny said...

Sorry to be nitpicking, but it's spelled "pronunciation" without the 'o'. English is indeed illogical.

Alan said...

Excellent, I always said it was pronounced like charcoal but didn't have any solid facts with which to disabuse people of their unusual pronunciation. Besides if you know anything about lisp pronouncing car and char the same is far too confusing.