Is i18n pronounced internationalization or eye-eighteen-n or both?

For background on i18n, quoting Wikipedia :

In computing, internationalization and localization (AmE) or internationalisation and localisation (BrE) are means of adapting computer software to different languages, regional peculiarities and technical requirements of a target locale. [...] The terms are frequently abbreviated to the numeronyms i18n (where 18 stands for the number of letters between the first i and the last n in the word internationalization, a usage coined at Digital Equipment Corporation in the 1970s or 1980s) and L10n for localization, due to the length of the words.

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    Whatever your coworkers use.
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 19 '16 at 12:04

Pronouncing it as  "eye-eighteen-n" sounds ugly to me, though I guess (as earlier comment says) if your co-workers have a office standard better to go with the flow.

However here are some reasons to say "internationalization" not "eye-eighteen-n" ...

  1. Wikipedia, says [...] 18 stands for the number of letters between the first i and the last n in the word “internationalization,”. I'd say the term is derived for writing not speaking.
  2. Eye-eighteen-n implies a verb pronounced eye-eighteen - but saying "Your task for next week is to eye-eighteen our website" sounds ridiculous, and in written looks silly : "[...] is to i18 our website". In writing, i18 simply makes no sense.
  3. Lectures like https://youtu.be/iBBkCA1M-mc use i18n in text but internationalisation when speaking, at least in first few minutes that I watched.
  4. Personally I hate pointless jargon 😉
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    upvote buddy, I wonder if your name has one letter in between 'k' and 'eran', so you kept it k1eran ;)Just kidding
    – srand9
    Jun 19 '16 at 14:10
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    Lol. That's true.
    – k1eran
    Jun 19 '16 at 14:25
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    Upvoted for points #1-3, though I disagree with #4. Jargon is rarely pointless or it wouldn't spring up. It might not serve you, though. Jun 19 '16 at 14:46
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    I thought the verb would be i14e. ;-)
    – Jim
    Jan 15 '20 at 16:58

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