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

_adam_barker profile image Adam Barker ・1 min read

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! 👇👇👇👇

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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.


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


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


I actually have the sticker!

Love it!!. Case closed!


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


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.


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


I say it as “Dev-toe” in my head.


Yes, i prefer “toe” over “two”


Dev-toe as in 🦶?

Oh man that option never crossed my mind!


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


They hijacked Tonga's domain too!!


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


I've always pronounced it DEV to.


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

.to = Tonga


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


We dev dot to-ers have to stick together 😉