Thursday, 13 September 2012

How do you pronounce GUID?

To be honest, this is not something that I have ever thought about. I have been using Microsoft .NET since its release and been using GUIDs – Global Unique Identifiers for one thing or another on a regular basis. In fact, I am pretty sure that I have referred to GUIDs in some capacity during every training course I have delivered since they came on the scene. But have I been pronouncing the term properly?

I gave a presentation the other day and it involved a demonstration of Managed Discovery in WCF.

The contrived service auto generated it's endpoints by appending a unique GUID to the URL.

This required me to say GUID quite a lot.

One guy stopped me after a while and suggested that I was pronouncing it incorrectly.

I was pronouncing it as GOO-ID.

He said that was wrong and that it was actually pronounced GWID.

"I don't think it is" I said.

"It is" he said.

"I am sure that I have always pronounced it GOO-ID. In fact everyone I have ever met has pronounced it GOO-ID" I said.

He took on a Sheldon (Big Band Theory) tone and asked:

"Well if you were dining out, would you order a plate of SQOO-ID?"

"No"  I replied.

"I would order Calamari!"

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Phil Stirpé
"I don't do average!"

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