How do you pronounce "GUID?" Is it one syllable or two?
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I go with the 1-syllable version (gwid) that rhymes with squid and liquid and that matches the pronunciation of "languid" http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/languid.
According to Wikipedia:
pronounced /ˈɡuːɪd/ or the preferred pronunciation /ˈɡwɪd/
So, the single-syllable pronunciation is preferred.
I'll probably continue to spell it out when I come across it despite that fact. :)
I pronounce it with four syllables, as the alternatives sound a little weird to me.
I've heard several pronunciations of this. The frequency I've heard (in London, GB) would be:
- /ˈɡuːɪd/ (two syllables)
- /ˈɡwɪd/ (one syllable; my preference)
- /ˌdʒiː juː ˈaɪ diː/ (four syllables)
- /ˌɡu(w)ɪ.ˈdiː/ (three syllables: gooey-dee)
You can pronounce it as four syllables (/ˌdʒi ju ˈaɪ di/), or like a single syllable (/ˈɡwɪd/).
I don't know if there is a preference between the two pronunciations, but I would expect that the second pronunciation will become the most used one.
I like the version that rhymes with squid (hey, I'm a Southerner), but I understand that it can rub people the wrong way like Bush's pronunciation of nuclear. It seems to me that this may be based both on the linguistic region as well as the technology used. I first heard about this back in the early 1990s from a Microsoft class and they used the squid-guid.
All versions sound a little weird. I hear people say "in using the global ID"; "referencing the globally unique ID" more than I hear G-U-I-D; or guid (squid); or goo-id.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) there doesn't seem to be a consensus.
The purpose of shortening something to an acronym is for ease-of-use. It seems logical that it's easier to say a one-syllable word (squid/guid) than endure the agony of having to pronounce a distinct two syllable (fluid/guid). Since GUIDs are in the realm of programming and programming is all about logic, it seems the most logical pronunciation is the single-syllable squid/guid.