Americans Use Some Hilarious Pronunciations for Common Tech Terms

FILE- In this April 17, 2007 file photo, exhibitors of the Google company work on laptop computers in front of an illuminated sign of the Google logo at the industrial fair Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany. Google says it’s still figuring out how to comply with the European Court of Justice’s May 13, 2014, ruling, which says the company must respond to complaints about private information that turns up in searches. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)
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More than 8 percent of Americans refer to Wifi as “wiffy,” according to a survey by Ebay’s Deals blog. Another 6 percent call the internet the “interwebs,” while an astounding 30 percent pronounce meme as “me-me.”

Ebay surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. residents ages 18 to 45 on their choice of common tech terms and pronunciations, according to The Atlantic, and some of the results are delightful. More than 2 percent of responders call headphones “earpods,” another almost 2 percent refer to online searches as “Ask Jeeves,” and somehow more than 3 percent use “ROFLMAO” for laughing out loud. Maybe those assless-rolling-on-floor-laughers just have funnier friends than the rest of us?

There are a few egregious mistakes in here, though. Nearly 6 percent of Americans refer to remote controls as “clickers,” which is unacceptable. More than 53 percent of people use the hard-G when saying “GIF,” even though the creator of the file insists on the soft G (somehow, 5 percent of people use something other than the hard or soft G, but this mystery pronunciation is unfortunately not listed). Then there’s the 43 percent who prefer to use “dah-tuh” over “day-tuh.” What are you people even doing?

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