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>Words of Greek origin that start with G before a vowel are grandfathered in
>as hard Gs--they don't have to follow the English rule that makes Gs soft
>But Don Chaffee has American Heritage, 2nd College Edition on his side--it
>lists the "jiga" pronunciation first.
>But I never heard "jigabyte" before--sheltered life, I guess. On historical
>grounds, I'll take a stand for the hard G.
Ever hear of giants? or gigantic? Same root. Same rule. Many Greek roots
were romanized; gig- was one of many. I've checked a dozen or more
dictionaries. There is absolutely no giustification for "ghigabyte."