Zye-Oh Not Zee-Oh [KYOCERA]


sanyo-zioThe Kyocera Zio isn’t a new phone altogether, but it’s new on Sprint’s lineup, launching as the Sanyo Zio. But when Sprint CEO Dan Hesse announced the phone, instead of breathing new life into the device he may have given it a split personality.

The way I’ve been pronouncing the device – and the way Dan Hesse pronounced it – is ‘Zee-Oh”. After visiting with the folks at Kyocera/Sanyo following the Sprint-ID launch event, they were emphatic that the actual name of the device is “Zye-Oh”. Sprint representatives later confirmed this.

Mis-pronounced company and gadget names isn’t anything new. Often times we’re reading them rather than hearing them aloud or in commercials so whatever we decide for ourselves the pronunciation is/should-be is what it becomes. And once that snowball starts, it’s often hard to stop.

Some other confusing Android pronunciations I can think of off the top of my head:

  • Archos (properly pronounced Arkose)
  • ASUS (properly pronounced Ay Seuss – like the book doctor)
  • Huawei (still not completely sure)

While we’re on the subject… any other pronunciations we can clear up? Share in the comments.

Rob Jackson
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  1. Hwa Way (華為)

  2. APPLE(Asshole)

  3. hyndai (hun-day)

    droid-pro (blur-berry)

    blackberry (doomed)

  4. Nokoia (NO koi a)
    Sony (so nee)

  5. Ah great, I wondered why the travel agent was getting confused when I was trying to book my holiday to Rye-Oh De Janeiro.

    BTW, only americans say NO-kia, everyone else says it with a short oh – nok-ia

  6. Microsoft (Mic-ro-Shaft)
    Steve Balmer (Clue-less Dumb-Butt)
    Steve Jobs (Tur-tle-neck-clad Dic-tator)

  7. Jesus I spit all over my notebook when I read that shit..Thanks for the laugh

  8. Yurallgay (you’re all gay)

  9. I’m sorry. I don’t normally do that. I couldn’t help myself.

  10. It’s actually hyundai: hun die but ok.

  11. Sony’s never going to get resolved. I pronounce it sonn-y (like Donny) but am aware that it’s so-knee in general usage. I also hear it pronounced sunny, but then I’m from Manchester.

  12. Android (And-droid).

  13. lol good one pochi

  14. Droid X: Eye-Fone-For with good an-ten-ah on Ver-eye-zun
    iPhone4: Crap

  15. good

  16. #2 Wins.

  17. LOL@zathras

    I laughed so hard at your post – I just switched from an iFail4 to a Droid X and can’t agree more…

  18. Zebra (Zeh-Brah) ie. Not ZEE-Brah

    P.S – Written by a South African, where we actually get these animals :D

  19. tell me how they get modem out of modulator/demodulator?

  20. It’s pronounced Nok-ee-ah, not No-kee-ah. Americans… pffft… us Brits get it right ;-) they even changed your commercials to your wrong pronounciation of the name because it became so prolific!

  21. MODulator/DEModulator = MODEM. Why is this relevant?

  22. *MOdulator/DEModulator

  23. Mo(dulator)-dem(odulator).

  24. lol, who cares?

  25. its actually nokoia (no ki a) weird

  26. @#1: That is actually how my American-English-only-speaking-self guessed it was pronounced! But, usually I just get lazy and pronounce it like “Hawaii”

  27. Actually Hyundai is pronounced Hun-day… Haven’t you ever seen the commercials. They clearly say “Its hun-day like sunday.”

  28. And Roid = Andy Rubin

  29. iOS (have it Apple’s way)

    Android (have it the carriers’ way)

    Palm OS (please, just buy one)

    Windows Phone 7 (BSOD for your pocket)

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