Pronunciation of sIFR
But I digress, you didn’t come here to learn about sIFR - there are better places to do such things. You came to take part in the heated debate about the correct pronunciation of the acronym. Some of my coworkers and I have nearly come to fisticuffs over the proper pronunciation, so why not join in on the fun?
Here’s the deal: I believe it is pronounced with a short “i”, a la “sift”. Some of my coworkers believe it is pronounced with a long “i”, a la “site”. Phonetically, they’re saying “cypher”. Obviously, I am correct. My reasoning: the “I” in sIFR stands for Inman (soft “i”), as in scalable Inman Flash Replacement, because Shaun Inman initially developed the technology. Also, I believe the pronunciation of the first letter of each word in an acronym should be maintained, if it results in an easily spoken acronym. For example - NASA arguably rolls off the tongue a little more easily than nay-say. You can see my point. Their sole reason: “cypher” sounds cooler. Shenanigans, I say.
So now it’s time to hopefully get a collective opinion on the matter. What say you, fellow geeks?