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Adam Barker
Adam Barker

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Is it dev dot too or is it dev dot tee oh?

Man, freaking out. circa 2019

So literally my whole entire life I've been pronouncing this site as "dev dot too" but I've just heard someone refer to it as "dev dot tee oh".

Now I'm freaking out. I'm freaking out mostly with relief as I realized I've not actually verbalized the site's name in front of anyone and have therefore spared myself what I can only imagine to be considerable embarrassment.

But it made me think: the last time I did this was many years ago when people couldn't decide if GIFs had a hard or soft G. Is hard or soft G like tabs vs spaces?

So now I want to hear examples of when people called things the wrong thing for the longest time...

...or had that moment when they heard someone pronounce something and thought I never thought I should say it like that.

Comment and let me know! πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

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Eljay-Adobe

Steve Wilhite the creator of GIF says it with a soft G. Like Jif, the peanut butter.

I've always called this site "dev too", I don't even mention the "dot". (I've never said it out loud. Just my in-my-head voice.) Your post gives me the opportunity to update my mental model.

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Drew Bragg

If I remember correctly, Ben said it was short for Dev.together so I would imagine that means that "Dev dot too" is correct

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Adam Barker Author

Well that's definitely the best explanation so far! Thanks Drew!

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Drew Bragg • Edited on

I actually have the sticker!
dev.together

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Adam Barker Author

Love it!!. Case closed!

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Isaac Lyman • Edited on

Ben refers to it as DEV in emails, so I always just yell "DEV" at the top of my lungs.

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towkneed

I used to pronounce Aristotelian like ArisTOTelian instead of AristoTELian when arguing philosophy in college. One day someone with a PhD corrected me and I realized I had been saying it wrong in front of people that probably knew better for some time. I was in my 20s, young, intellectual and sometimes pretentious. I was mortified.

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Adam Barker Author

That's an amazing example. Here's to being slightly older and somewhat less pretentious πŸ˜‰

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Jason Gade

I say it as β€œDev-toe” in my head.

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⧉ infominer

Yes, i prefer β€œtoe” over β€œtwo”

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Adam Barker Author

Dev-toe as in 🦢?

Oh man that option never crossed my mind!

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Boris Mann

It’s definitely not Dev Dot Tee-Oh β€” that’s the Developer community in #toronto!

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Adam Barker Author

They hijacked Tonga's domain too!!

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Peter Kim Frank

I just say "DEV" β€” if I'm giving someone the URL than I say "DEV dot Tee Oh"

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Yechiel Kalmenson

I've always pronounced it DEV to.

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Randy Lutcavich

.com = Commercial
.gov = Government
.net = Network
.org = Organization
.uk = United Kingdom
.ca = Canada
.us = United States

.to = Tonga

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Jen

glad I found someone else in the dev dot to camp..!

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Adam Barker Author

We dev dot to-ers have to stick together πŸ˜‰

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Sorry, it's true.