When one gives a computational methods talk, what's the right way to pronounce "Eulerian"?

Is it like

  1. oiler-ree-in, 5 syllables, or
  2. oh-lure-ree-in, 4 syllables?

Langrangian is simple:


I live in the United States, will attend an American PhD program, and English is my first language.

For Guassian, I have heard it pronounced:



Guass-shin (like "Russian"), which I prefer to use.

  • $\begingroup$ translate.google.it/… $\endgroup$
    – VoB
    May 2 '20 at 15:13
  • $\begingroup$ I think the first is closer to german, the second feels more french. Now try also russian (St. Peterburg) to have covered all stations of Eulers life. $\endgroup$ May 2 '20 at 16:05
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    $\begingroup$ This question has nothing to do with the computational sciences. $\endgroup$ May 2 '20 at 17:01

In the US, the pronunciation of Eulerian is actually "You-leh-rian". But it's also ok (and understandable to everyone who is educated enough to understand the word) to say "Oy-leh-rian" (which is closer to the German original -- or at least about as close as American speakers typically get to a German-origin word).

"Guassian" is actually spelled "Gaussian" and is typically pronounced "Gaoo-ss-ian", with "ss" instead of "sh".

  • $\begingroup$ People actually say it as You-lerian? $\endgroup$
    – EMP
    May 2 '20 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ @EMP: Yep, they do. It's in line with words such as eunuch, eustasy, euthanize, etc. $\endgroup$ May 2 '20 at 23:45
  • $\begingroup$ I've definitely heard the German pronunciation of Eulerian most of the time in the US- I don't know where Wolfgang has encountered the other pronunciation. On Gaussian, I've encountered about a 50-50 split of ss vs. sh in the US. $\endgroup$ May 5 '20 at 2:57
  • $\begingroup$ @BrianBorchers I must have heard You-leh-rian often enough that it doesn't strike me as wrong any more -- even though I'm German by origin :-) $\endgroup$ May 5 '20 at 18:34

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