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. ;) Feb 4, 2011 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, 2011 at 12:00
  • See also: How do I pronounce SQL?
    – jcolebrand
    Feb 16, 2011 at 15:38
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    @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, 2011 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, 2014 at 9:20

5 Answers 5


It seems the consensus is on "link".

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    See also Wikipedia: LINQ, pronounced "link"
    – CodeFox
    Oct 21, 2016 at 15:22

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


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:



I normally pronounce it as lee-n-kyu


It is supposed to be pronounced as LINK.

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    Can you provide evidence to support your answer?
    – Ronan
    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:29
  • and how is LINK supposed to be pronounced? Apr 21, 2015 at 9:53
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    @MattE.Эллен Most of people pronounce it Zelda Sep 25, 2015 at 7:06

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