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Check To See If You’ve Been Pronouncing These 6 Tech Terms Correctly

Check To See If You’ve Been Pronouncing These 6 Tech Terms Correctly

As someone who wants to barrel roll into another dimension every time the word ‘GIF' is pronounced with a hard ‘G', I find the pronunciations of differing tech terms fascinating! Is is meme, or me-me? Lie-nux or Linn-ux? Why do these differing pronunciations spark such heated debate amongst us? Of course, by ‘us' I mean those of us who's priorities have become a bit warped.

Fortunately, Mashable has teamed up with Column Five to figure out how the majority of us pronounce these tricky tech terms! 30,000 people were polled from 191 different countries on how they pronounce GIF, meme, data, Wi-Fi, Linux and cache.

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    Who pronounces Wi-Fi as Wee-Fee? Well, many countries in Europe including Spain and France, as well as Arkansas and probably your nan. Meanwhile, although the term ‘me-me' may make you grimace, many who work in computer and software sectors actually pronounce it as such, as well as calling Linux Linn-ux not Lie-nux. Australia are most likely to pronounce these findings as ‘dat-uh' whilst many students and doctors will clear their ‘cash-ay' after taking the poll.

    How do you pronounce these words? Do you think decisive pronunciations have a definitive impact on language or does it not matter? If you'd like to take the poll, you can find it here.

    141006_Mashable_TechSpeakFollowup_Part3-MEME
      It's meem not me-me!
      141006_Mashable_TechSpeakFollowup_Part4-DATA
        Day-tuh not dat-uh, duh.
        141006_Mashable_TechSpeakFollowup_Part5-WIFI
          Why say wee-fee when it's why-fy?
          141006_Mashable_TechSpeakFollowup_Part6-CACHE
            Cash not cashay!
            141006_Mashable_TechSpeakFollowup_Part7-LINUX
              Lie-nux is a lie it's Linn-ux.
              141022_Mashable_TechSpeakFollowup_Part2-GIF_EDIT
                JIF NOT GIF!

                141006_Mashable_TechSpeakFollowup_Part8-Outliers

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                  How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

                  How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

                  If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

                  Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

                  So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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                  1. Listen

                  Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

                  2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

                  Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

                  “Why do you want to do that?”

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                  “What makes you so excited about it?”

                  “How long has that been your dream?”

                  You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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                  3. Encourage

                  This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

                  4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

                  After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

                  5. Dream

                  This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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                  6. Ask How You Can Help

                  Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

                  7. Follow Up

                  Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

                  Final Thoughts

                  By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

                  Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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