Bézier, Gouraud, Fresnel

Vincent Scheib’s terminology rant included how to pronounce “SIGGRAPH” (i.e., like “sigma”), a pet peeve of mine. This reminded me of the following.

While writing the book, we wanted to give phonetic spellings of various common graphics terms – after hearing someone pronounce “Gouraud” as “Goo-raude” I thought it worth the time. In searching around, I realized that people seemed to somewhat disagree about Bézier, so finally I asked a few people from France. Frédo Durand gave the best response, sending an audio clip of him pronouncing the words. So, without further ado, here’s the audio clip. Now you know.

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  1. Cone’s avatar

    I enjoy making programmers flinch as I say Bez-yay, Frez-nel, and Goo-Rad. Tomato to them.

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