GEOS was a hugely popular operating environment for 8-bit Commodore and Apple machines. It was developed and published by Berkeley Softworks, who eventually released a 16-bit version for IBM-compatible PCs. Do we have any information on how the name of this system was intended to be pronounced?
I have heard users variously call it as follows:
- /ˈdʒiːˌɒs/ (JEE-ahss; last syllable rhymes with "boss")
- /ˈdʒiːˌoʊs/ (JEE-oce; last syllable rhymes with "dose")
- /ˈdʒiː ˈiː ˈoʊː ˈɛs/ (JEE-EE-OH-ESS; sounding out each letter individually)
What I'm more interested in is how the creators of GEOS pronounced the name of their system. Does any contemporary user manual, advertisement, internal design document, or other "official" material indicate or give hints as to the pronunciation? Are there any audio interviews with (former) Berkeley Softworks employees where we can hear the name "GEOS" spoken?