English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm wondering how to pronounce the acronym for Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

PIP eh duh? pie PEED uh? other?

share|improve this question
Rhymes with cicada. – tchrist Jan 20 '12 at 22:52
EL&U is more a place for asking questions that require the expertise of a linguist, etymologist, or serious language enthusiast – phonetics questions such as why we pronounce a word a particular way, or how a pronunciation rule developed. "How to pronounce this word" questions usually won't require expertise. They are also liable to be closed as "general reference" if the word is in a dictionary, or as "too localized" if not in a dictionary. english.stackexchange.com/faq – MετάEd Jan 23 '12 at 23:04
up vote 2 down vote accepted

You can pronounce it either pip-EE-duh (University of Guelph) or PIP-eh-duh (Andrew D. Taylor, CGA). Not all acronyms have set-in-stone pronunciations.

share|improve this answer

The University of Guelph informs that PIPEDA is pronounced as /pip'ee-da/

Please check The University of Guelph’s web site

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.