CAGR pronunciation?

Do you pronounce Kay-ger or Keg-ger? Was in a client meeting today and MD went on and on with Kay-ger, only to not be understood

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Feb 16, 2021 - 8:36am


For KAG think of it rhyming with bag and the ka beginning sound the starting sound for cat.


Feb 16, 2021 - 12:50pm


For KAG think of it rhyming with bag

Oh, linguistics.

I have a Pacific Northwest accent, which, among other boring attributes, means I am subject to the bag-beg merger:

It means that my vowel sounds for "bag" and "beg" and "bagel" all mush together. I have other lazy vowel mergers too, like "cot" and "caught" and, as my East Coast friends will find inexplicable, "Mary," "marry," and "merry."

Back to the point - I pronounce "CAGR" as "KAY-gr" if I'm speaking slowly and "KEG-gr" if I'm speaking quickly - and although you meant it a different way, my vowel sound in "KEG-gr" is the same as my vowel sound in "bag."

Saying "CAGR" with the a sound in "bad" is common, so I can't say it's wrong, but it sounds weird to me.

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Feb 16, 2021 - 10:04am


Kay (like michael corleones wife) - Gar (like Garfield or Guard without the D) 


Feb 16, 2021 - 1:56pm

Monty Burns


I think you meant See-Ey-Gee-Are

Anyways imo it feels awkward to say out the letters beyond 3. Like for NPV, and IRR we just say out the letters but for EBIT, I don't hear people saying out the letters.


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