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How to pronounce LINQ? Or should I just say L-I-N-Q? (LINQ is a .NET extension for queries.)

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You could pronounce it [liŋq] with a uvular q like the "q" in Iraq. (Though to English ears the k and q sound is indistinguishable). Also C# should be called "see hash", since they insist on using the # (hash) symbol and not the ♯ (sharp) symbol. ;) – Stein G. Strindhaug Feb 4 '11 at 11:52
@Stein Never knew that there was a symboy for sharp: ♯. And always wondered why C# is called C "sharp" – Nivas Feb 4 '11 at 12:00
See also: How do I pronounce SQL? – jcolebrand Feb 16 '11 at 15:38
@SteinG.Strindhaug: The reason they insist on using the # (hash) symbol is that the ♯ (sharp) symbol is not represented on a standard computer keyboard. As for why they chose the name: The name "C sharp" was inspired by musical notation where a sharp indicates that the written note should be made a semitone higher in pitch. This is similar to the language name of C++, where "++" indicates that a variable should be incremented by 1. – awe Nov 4 '11 at 8:34
I always saw C# as an evolution on C++ where ++ had another pair of ++ added above it. So C# is C++++... – Ed Chapel Nov 23 '14 at 9:20
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It seems the consensus is on "link".

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In all the tutorials and according to Wikipedia it's simply pronounced /lɪŋk/ exactly like link. It's a Microsoft .NET Framework Component.

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I normally pronounce it as lee-n-kyu

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As someone posted on Stack Overflow and taken from the mouth of the founder of LINQ himself, take a look at the video under this link (hmmm):


And here:


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It is supposed to be pronounced as LINK.

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Can you provide evidence to support your answer? – Ronan Apr 21 '15 at 8:29
and how is LINK supposed to be pronounced? – Matt E. Эллен Apr 21 '15 at 9:53
@MattE.Эллен Most of people pronounce it Zelda – Serge Profafilecebook Sep 25 '15 at 7:06

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