[R] Is there a canonical way to pronounce CRAN?

Stephen P. Molnar @@mo|n@r @end|ng |rom @bcg|ob@|@net
Wed May 4 20:03:05 CEST 2022

On 05/04/2022 01:21 PM, Avi Gross via R-help wrote:
> If R had remained just S, or even S++, would we be debating how to 
> pronounce CSAN? I do note in some languages CS is pronounceable. LOL! 
> -----Original Message----- From: Jeff Newmiller 
> <jdnewmil using dcn.davis.ca.us> To: r-help using r-project.org; Kevin Thorpe 
> <kevin.thorpe using utoronto.ca>; Roland Rau <rau using demogr.mpg.de> Cc: R Help 
> Mailing List <r-help using r-project.org> Sent: Wed, May 4, 2022 12:01 pm 
> Subject: Re: [R] Is there a canonical way to pronounce CRAN? I had 
> exposure to CPAN and CTAN before learning R, and then there is MRAN... 
> but with no in-person mentors influencing me I decided not to 
> pronounce the C separately in CRAN. The "CRANberries" website 
> indicates that I am not alone. On May 4, 2022 7:38:13 AM PDT, Kevin 
> Thorpe <kevin.thorpe using utoronto.ca> wrote:
>> Interesting. I have always pronounced it as See-ran. This probably 
>> stems from my exposure to other archive like CPAN (perl) and CTAN 
>> (TeX) that I have been exposed to. Obviously the latter two acronyms 
>> are unpronounceable as words so I generalized the approach to CRAN. 
>> Kevin
>>> On May 4, 2022, at 7:20 AM, Roland Rau via R-help 
>>> <r-help using r-project.org> wrote: Dear all, I talked with colleagues 
>>> this morning and we realized that some people (=me) pronounce CRAN 
>>> like the German word "Kran" (probably pronounced like "cruhn" in 
>>> English -- if it was a word). My colleague pronounced it as 
>>> "Sea-Ran" or "Sea-Run". The colleague was a student and has worked 
>>> at the same institution as an R Core Developer and heard it from him 
>>> personally. So now I am puzzled. Have I been wrong about 43% of my 
>>> life? ;-) Honestly: Is there a unique way how the core developers 
>>> prounounce CRAN? Not an urgent question at all but maybe interesting 
>>> to many of us. Thanks, Roland -- This mail has been sent through the 
>>> MPI for Demographic ...{{dropped:2}} 
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Yes, I know that I'm contributing, but what a waste of band width.

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