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How do you pronounce Git? Because I don't live in a country that uses English, I haven't heard it yet.
In my country, some people use [ɡɪt] and others use [jɪt]. Which is the one that most people use?

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The pronunciation is [ɡít] –  Jim Nov 8 '11 at 2:26
In fact git (from one of its early senses of bastard) is cognate to beget. So it's not surprising (though such things aren't always necessary) that it's pronounced with the same consonants as in get. –  ShreevatsaR Nov 8 '11 at 12:33
I note that some of the replies have assumed that the question is about the Source management system git and others have not made this assumption. It doesn't affect the question, but those who have not heard of the system may find some of the replies rather strange. –  Colin Fine Nov 8 '11 at 13:58
The original question made it somewhat more clear, by capitalizing the G in "Git," but it was later edited to its present state. –  Brendon Nov 8 '11 at 14:20
@ColinFine: Of course it's a self-deprecatory joke. :-) Isn't that obvious? And yes, as I said, I was just pointing out that get, git and Git are all cognates, which does not necessarily mean that they are pronounced with the same consonants, but which does make it unsurprising that they are. (The quote was to show that Linus was aware of the common word, and intended the name of his vcs to be the same.) –  ShreevatsaR Nov 9 '11 at 13:28

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If you need to know for sure, go to the source!

Video presentation about git by Linus Torvalds

This confirms that [ɡɪt] is the expected pronunciation.

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wow, this is the perfect answer., I like the go to the source! –  Benjamin Nov 8 '11 at 15:15
What in the world is an acute accent in IPA? There’s no such diacritic. Surely you just mean [gɪt] for the pronunciation! –  tchrist May 13 '12 at 0:37
Apart from the high tone diacritic. –  Matt E. Эллен May 13 '12 at 17:15

The word is pronounced [ɡɪt]. This is a homophone for the verb get, which is an intentional reference to its role in retrieving a source from a repository.

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For (most?) American speakers, it isn't a homophone; /gɛt/, not /ɡít/, is a common pronunciation of get, as your reference shows. –  jwpat7 Nov 8 '11 at 5:34
Somewhat true, but check out the pronunciation note from my source: The pronunciation  [git] for get has existed since the 16th century. The same change is exhibited in  [kin] for can and  [yit] for yet. The pronunciation [git] is not regional and occurs in all parts of the country. –  Brendon Nov 8 '11 at 12:17
@Brendon: I would say that git has to be regional. In 1893, someone describing the Mississippi accent specifically remarked that they used git instead of get, so it was certainly regional back then. The pronunciation git has probably diffused somewhat since, and you might be able to find speakers using it in all areas of the U.S., but my impression is that it is much more common in the South. –  Peter Shor Nov 8 '11 at 13:36
I can only go by what the source says. And, for what it's worth, I live in the Northeast and my pronunciation tends toward git, along with most people in my county. –  Brendon Nov 8 '11 at 14:17
Where I live (middle of the USA) the only time they would be pronounced the same is when telling a stray animal (or child) to leave. In that case get would be pronounced with a short i sound instead of a short e. Get in this case is an imperative verb, roughly short for "Get yourself out of here". I've seen some people attempt to alleviate the confusion in this one instance by spelling this particular meaning of "get" as "git". –  T.E.D. Nov 8 '11 at 18:44

It never occurred to me to even think of saying it with anything other than a hard G and a short I, so [ɡɪt].

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