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Humour Ubuntu

Pronouncing Ubuntu Correctly Matters.

Mr. Joey Sneddon,

I don’t know you and I’m sure you are a really nice guy (you seem nice in some youtube videos) and that you mean well and probably think you are helping Ubuntu, however, you published this article called how to pronounce Ubuntu which I think is damaging to the Ubuntu project.

I’m not sure if you read my article on the same topic that I wrote about three years ago, but if not, here it is for you:

HOW TO PRONOUNCE THE WORD UBUNTU

Could you imagine if someone walked up and said I’m running ‘iose’ on my ‘iphonay’? (iOS/iphone)

The person who spoke such pronunciation would display that they are *not* in the community of participants.  They are clearly an outsider of the group.

So how you say the word *does* matter and saying it differently does *not* help unify the project.

And, as a final point of irony, apparently when I said your last name I pronounced it ‘Snay-don’ which someone said is incorrect.

I told them it doesn’t matter and I can just say it however I like.

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu – How do you Pronounce the Word Ubuntu- Part 2

You may have read my first article called ‘How Do You Pronounce the Word Ubuntu?’   It got no shortage of fame and created such a controversy out there that I had to fend off the Paparazzi with my bare hands and sleek ninja style.

I like to tell myself that anyways.

What matters is that the subject is still relevant and important.  I was excited to read Disposable Joe’s post over at SighWorld because he takes this topic to the nth degree and ties it in with all the other important components of the Ubuntu project.

With Ubuntu becoming quickly a household name, Joe points out in a very humourous and educational way, why its important that we also pronounce the word correctly.

I hope you enjoy his article and here is the link.

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Life Skills Ubuntu

How do you pronounce the word Ubuntu?

First, why does it matter?

One time a woman named ‘Pam’ got very angry at me for calling her ‘Pamela’.  It didn’t matter to me, but it mattered to her.  It’s kind of like when you’re talking on your phone really loudly but don’t realize it until other peoples’ eye daggers start piercing your vital organs.  It’s kind of like putting your dirty feet on someone’s chair. If it negatively affects others, it matters.

What about foreign words?  Well, there are three choices:

  1. Say it right or do your best trying and continually try to improve towards the correct pronunciation each time you try)
  2. Make a word for it in your own language (like how the Americans changed ‘croissant’ to ‘crescent roll’)
  3. Shut your pie-hole

Number three is hard if you need to talk about the subject, and number two makes you look culturally arrogant. Option number 1 is the best way to win friends and influence people – say it right or die trying.

Let’s run the scenario with a name.  Let’s choose a Korean name like Eun Kyung Shin.

With option 3 (above) you will have to forever avoid talking about poor Ms. Shin.  You’ll have to use words like ‘you’ and ‘her’ and ‘your friend’ and ‘your wife’.  Eventually she will figure out you don’t know or can’t say the name and this will usually happen down the road and make for a more difficult recovery.

With option 2, after she says, “My name is Eun Kyung Shin” you say ‘So what’s your English name?  Annie?”  Enough said.

With option 1 you will embarrass the snot out of yourself trying to learn the name, but a breakthrough will eventually come and that person will love you for trying and finally getting it right.

So how is this related to Ubuntu?

It’s OO-BOON-TOO.

It’s an African word.

It matters.

Stop saying it incorrectly and demonstrating your ignorance.

Quit saying “That’s how we say it down here.” and showcasing your arrogance.

Learn it.  It’s super easy.  It’s easier than the version you are working so hard to defend.  They are long vowel sounds that a baby can slobber.  It’s all the same long u sound as in ‘cartoon’ or ‘soon’ or ‘He mooned me’.

OOOOOOOOOOOOO-

BOOOOOOOOOOON-

TOOOOOOOOOOOO

So if you ended up at this post, don’t be offended.  Just learn it.  Thank the person who sent you here to get schooled.