Stack OverflowHow do you pronounce Git?
[+6] [14] The Matt
[2010-05-20 20:56:52]
[ git version-control pronunciation ]

With regards to the version control system, is it pronounced like 'give' or 'jit'?

(4) Um, surely it's just pronounced git? - Troubadour
(7) It's pronounced exactly like the image file format 'gif'. :) - Robusto
(4) @Robusto - and of course we ALL pronounce that the same... ;) - GalacticCowboy
(11) I believe it's pronounced "mer-cur-i-al" (ducks). - tvanfosson
@tvanfosson - I needed that laugh, thanks :) - Tim Post
I have always wanted to create a Windows based git written in .NET, just to be able to name it 'nitwit'. - JulianR
(1) Oh please, be sure that it's pronounced Gee-HAAAA-ga-BLOOOO-mup-mup-mup-PAH-TANG-pickle. - Ed Guiness
[+27] [2010-05-20 21:02:12] John Rasch [ACCEPTED]

From Wikipedia:

Linus Torvalds has quipped about the name "git", which is British English slang for a stupid or unpleasant person: "I'm an egotistical bastard, and I name all my projects after myself. First Linux, now git."

A the slang "git" is pronounced: [gɪt] (hard g, short i)

... which is exactly how the software should be pronounced.

(1) IPA! You cannot fail! Elsewise you end up saying "the i in pin" which, in South Africa, is a schwa [ə], but is [ɪ] in the Queen's English. - Frank Shearar
[+8] [2010-05-20 20:58:00] Justin Ethier

I have always heard it pronounced like "get", but with an "i" sound.

(1) Like this. As I understand the reason is Linus names projects after himself and he considers himself a git sometimes. That is what I heard anyway so don't quote me on that. - percent20
(1) Your comment confused me until I found this: - now it all makes sense :) - Justin Ethier
(1) I didn't think about people not knowing what git meant. I guess I have watched to many british tv shows. - percent20
[+7] [2010-05-20 21:02:26] John Feminella

Hard g, short i. (Some) words that rhyme with git:

bit, brit, chit, fit, grit, hit, it, kit, knit, lit, mitt, nit, pit, quit, ritt, schlitt, Schmidt, sit, skit, slit, spit, split, tit, whit, wit, writ, zit

(10) You missed one. :-) - tvanfosson
Out of curiosity, did you generate this automatically anywhere? - Bruno Rothgiesser
@tvanfosson: made me think for a bit, and gave me a welcome laugh in the end... - Chris Dodd
@tvanfosson: I missed two, but I don't think either of them are printable on StackOverflow. ;) - John Feminella
@tva That reminds me of the four letter word ending in "unt" commonly used to describe women. - community_owned
It depends on your accent. Most of those don't rhyme with git in the above (to my South African ear), instead using the "schwa" sound. Rhyming words in the list: hit, kit, Schmidt, skit. - Frank Shearar
[+6] [2010-05-20 21:05:34] stacker

Just listen [1]


Definetly the best way to answer this. - Bruno Rothgiesser
(3) or here, in "Tech Talk: Linus Torvalds on Git": - Jakub Narębski
[+5] [2010-05-20 20:59:45] Shaji

"git" and not "jit"

[+4] [2010-05-20 20:59:01] Jay Riggs

Like it's spelled, rhymes with bit

"Like it's spelled" ... see IPA comment above/below by Frank S. - user562374
[+3] [2010-05-20 21:03:05] Joey Adams

The name "Git" comes from a pejorative British slang word. See the Wiktionary entry [1], which gives a pronunciation with a hard G.

When Linus Torvalds was asked why he named it "git", he quipped:

I'm an egotistical bastard, so I name all my projects after myself. First Linux, now git.


[+2] [2010-11-14 18:38:55] Daniel Peñalba

git \'ɡɪt\

Take a look at the main page [1] of git·hub \'ɡɪtˌhʌb\


[+1] [2010-05-20 21:01:20] Tim Post

I tried. There was no help for that. Nothing turned up in (my) my eskew el database for it either.

Hint. Say jit, then s/j/g/ :)


Nice... but that's not valid XML (you forgot your opening <humor> tag). ;) - Matt Caldwell
[+1] [2010-05-20 21:05:13] David M

Listen to the song "I'm So Tired" by the Beatles, which has the approximate lyrics:

I'll have another cigarette/And curse Sir Walter Raleigh/He was such a stupid git

There is also:

[0] [2010-05-20 20:58:30] Christopher Barber

I have always heard it pronounced as it is spelled.

[0] [2010-05-20 20:58:32] Marcus Adams

With a hard G, like get, and rhymes with hit.

This topic was just brought up at an Agile user conference by some esteemed individuals. They all agreed on the above pronunciation.

[0] [2010-05-20 20:58:37] Daniel DiPaolo

It's pronounced like the word that it is: git. Hard g, short i.

[0] [2010-05-20 20:58:53] Alec