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How does one pronounce the acronym CMYK, in the color model sense.

If there is more than one pronunciation, how popular is each of them?

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I usually pronounce it /smik/ (to rhyme with ‘stick’), but that might be influenced by my working with printers and designers who speak Danish and therefore pronounce it /smyk/. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 16 '13 at 18:12

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See-Em-Why-Kay.

I just asked the designers here and they do nothing other than pronounce the letters. If they need to term it they use "Four colour process".

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Have been working with printers/designers. CMYK are pronounced just so.+1 –  Preetie Sekhon Dec 16 '13 at 17:18
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Of course the four letters. Those with other pronunciations of CMYK, I suppose (?), have some strange way to say RGB also? "riggub"? –  GEdgar Dec 16 '13 at 18:18
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Yep. I've been in the biz a long time and it's always C-M-Y-K. –  Robusto Dec 17 '13 at 1:27

I think this kind of acronym is usually pronounced as separate letters - "C, M, Y, K". I've also found a source (first speaker) where after conventional pronunciation another variant is given - /smaɪk/.

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+1 for separate letters, smaik, I have yet to come accross. –  Preetie Sekhon Dec 16 '13 at 17:19

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