Tech stands for technique or technology. But how should one pronounce tech? Is it as /tɛk/ as in technical or /tɛtʃ/ as in tetchy?

Similarly, arch stands for architect or architecture. How do you pronounce arch? Is it the same way you do when you say the Golden Arches, or it it as in archangel with a /k/ sound?

  • Be warned that Donald Knuth’s TeX typesetting system is expected to be pronounced /ˈtɛx/, as though it were Greek, like in τεχνικ. The /x/ is the sound at the end of Scottish loch or German Bach, but it often comes out as /k/ by English-speakers.
    – tchrist
    May 13, 2014 at 3:44

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Despite merely being an abbreviation of the word "architecture" in this context, "arch" is still pronounced [ar-ch] here.

  • If he means the /usr/bin/arch command, then sure, it’s pronounced [ɑɹtʃ]. But I’m not sure that’s the word he means.
    – tchrist
    May 13, 2014 at 3:47
  • Both the command and the abbreviation are pronounced in this manner. The "arch" command's output is the type of "architecture" the OS is running. I'm answering the question indicated in the title. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/arch
    – njboot
    May 13, 2014 at 3:51
  • Yeah, ok. I can’t say I know a context for ever giving some hypothetical arch term of art an actual [ɑɹk] pronunciation in Unixese.
    – tchrist
    May 13, 2014 at 3:56

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