Re: pronunciation on malloc thing

 James Kanze <>
Sun, 05 Aug 2007 17:56:10 -0000
On Aug 5, 7:30 am, "Default User" <> wrote:

James Kanze wrote:

On Aug 3, 4:11 pm, joe <> wrote:

Personally, I have used both 'char' and 'care', but probably
'char' more often (because it is a word and they wouldn't have
spelled it like that if they didn't want that connection,
right? :) ).

They spelled it like that for the same reason they spelled
integer int. If you've ever heard the sound of a listing being
output to a teletype, you'll understand why they want as few
characters as possible. Knowing that it's a contraction for
character, I pronunce it as I do the first sylable of
character. Which is closer to car than to the word char or

That may be true in your area, but here the first syllable of
"character" is the same as "care". Are you in an area where
Mary/merry/marry are not the same, perhaps?

Where is your area? I grew up north of Chicago. My mother is
from Atlanta. Both regions use a very open short a (IPA &) in
character, and this is the only sound given in all of the
dictionaries I have access to. (And yes, I've always
distinguished between Mary/merry/marry. And of course, the
dictionaries give "standard" pronounciation, which also
distinguishes between the three.)

James Kanze (GABI Software)
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