Q: How does one pronounce magit?

It occurred to me today that I've never said "magit" out loud, and I'd prefer not to make a fool of myself if I ever have to do so.

So: is the g in magit pronounced as:

  • a j, as in magic, or
  • a hard g, as in git?

I suppose I've always said it as j in my head, but I could see the other way as well (aside from the unfortunate similarity to "maggot").

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    The creator of one of the early magit videos pronounced it with a j, as a play on "magic"
    – Eric Brown
    Jul 3, 2015 at 20:41
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    I don't think Alex Vollmer (video) is the same person as Marius Vollmer (original author).
    – tarsius
    Jul 3, 2015 at 21:06

2 Answers 2


Either "mu[m's] git" or "magi{c => t}" is fine.

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    I knew it wasn't maggot! Jul 3, 2015 at 21:32
  • As the current maintainer, which of the two do you use?
    – Dan
    Jul 4, 2015 at 12:41
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    My native language is a German dialect, so ... mu[m's] git" - which actually is the same as the German equivalent of "magi{c => t}": "Mag{ie => it}".
    – tarsius
    Jul 4, 2015 at 12:50

It should be pronounced [mæʤɪt] because it turns you into a magitian [məʤɪʃən].

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