How is "Gerber" pronounced? By "gerber" I am referring to the type/class of files generated for PCB manufacturing. I could imagine the first "g" being pronounced with a "g" as in "girl", or a "j" as in "jerk".

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    \$\begingroup\$ Gerber like the Gerber baby \$\endgroup\$
    – Matt Young
    Jul 6, 2015 at 15:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ I always thought it's Gerber like good, but can't find an official reference right now... \$\endgroup\$
    – AndrejaKo
    Jul 6, 2015 at 15:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's just an Austrian name... youtube.com/watch?v=KsOiTnV6pnw \$\endgroup\$
    – PeterJ
    Jul 6, 2015 at 15:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it has nothing to do with electronic design. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 6, 2015 at 16:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ @LeonHeller I would disagree, as I am designing a PCB and working to get it assembled, and would like to know how to properly discuss the file types, eg. with the fab house. I think that is very relevant to electrical engineering. \$\endgroup\$
    – zplizzi
    Jul 6, 2015 at 17:55

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I believe it is based on the original plotter file format for machines made by Gerber Technology I had a friend that worked there for a while and they pronounced the name of the company exactly like the baby food as Matt says, Grrr Brrr like you're growling at someone but also chilly :)

Joseph Gerber was an Austrian, hence it is a German name. There is no "g" pronounced as "jerk" in the German language, it is always like "girl".

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    \$\begingroup\$ Thanks! I'll just imagine being a polar bear when I'm saying it. \$\endgroup\$
    – zplizzi
    Jul 6, 2015 at 17:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ Wikipedia disagrees about the company. But anyway, since his name was pronounced Gare-bare (say it fast) before he migrated, I don't think it would be anglicized as "Jerber". \$\endgroup\$
    – AndreKR
    Jul 7, 2015 at 1:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ah I wanted to say it was gerber scientific but when I searched for it I came up with gerber tech. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 7, 2015 at 1:41

I've heard it pronounced like the baby food. In IPA, I think it's something like /gɚbɚ/. The "er" is the same sound as the second syllable in "dinner", at least in American English.


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