When I got my first PC and came into the world of hard drives and
operating systems, I used to pronounce Giga with a soft G, or
J sound (as in giant). Don't ask me where I picked up this habit (maybe
from the Doc in Back to the Future or maybe from Singapore),
but that was the accepted sound for the unit used to represent a
billion, as far as I was concerned.
Hence, it was a cause of much embarrassment when people made fun of
me for this "wrong" way of saying gigabyte or gigabit
and I soon switched to saying Giga with a hard G (as in giggle).
It seems that I didn't have any reason to be embarrassed. Giga is
derived from the Greek word 'gigas', meaning giants and was likely
pronounced the same way we say "giant". It is also how a lot of people,
especially those that have worked with computers for a while, use this
prefix. More info on the
Wikipedia page for giga.
These days, the accepted way of saying giga is with
a hard G so I'll stick to this method.
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On 30th July 2007, at 14:49pm PKT, Atif said:
I was wondering the same few days back when I watched BTF again for the hundredth or more time.