Question For Nerds And Journalists 8

While watching a Headline News story about Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone services, one of the anchors pronoucned the acronym as if it were a single word: “Voyp.”

Personally, I thought this was the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. I mentioned this to Joel and he said “voyp” sounds like some weird new sexually transmitted disease.

Shouldn’t it be “vee-oh-eye-pee”? I mean (speaking of STD’s), I realize that AIDS is pronounced “Aids,” but nobody refers to HIV as “Hiv.”

So, my question is: What is the proper out-loud pronunciation of VoIP, “voyp,” or “vee-oh-eye-pee”? Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

8 thoughts on “Question For Nerds And Journalists

  1. Reply Brendan May 20,2005 2:33 pm

    The reporter got it right. As a technology consulting firm, we deal with this stuff all the time where I work, often designing it or working with colleges that have it. The IT departments all call it either “Voice Over IP” or just “Voyp.”

  2. Reply Ellen May 20,2005 4:17 pm

    Huh. Well, I still say it sounds silly.

  3. Reply Laz May 20,2005 6:36 pm

    Definitely Voyp. And you committed a sin far greater than sounding silly with an acronym. You used an apostrophe to pluralize something (“STD’s”). That’s my single biggest pet peeve. Ever. Now I have to kill you. Sorry.

  4. Reply Ellen May 20,2005 9:46 pm

    Ah, shit. I wrote this post when I was very, very tired last night. My apologies for my grammatical sin. Looking at it again, it looks dumb to me too.

  5. Reply Tara May 20,2005 10:25 pm

    techies and journalists may call it voip, but normal people who use it don’t. i agree, ellen, it sounds dumb!

  6. Reply Casey May 21,2005 5:31 pm

    Also, for what it’s worth, my gays have started referring to HIV as “the Hiv.” This is considered particularly hilarious to mention when someone hasn’t been feeling well — “What’s wrong with you?” “I’ve got the Hiv, actually.”

    Hilarity ensues.

  7. Reply Ellen May 22,2005 7:31 am

    Casey, do you and your friends ever worry you’re going to drown in your own sarcasm?

  8. Reply Casey May 22,2005 9:45 am

    No, we’d drown in superpremium vodka before we ever succumbed to something as mortal and pedestrian as sarcasm.

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