# How to pronounce sub zero

1. Jul 7, 2010

How do you pronounce some variable with a subscript 0 attached to it, like "v0"? My first-semester physics professor pronounced it as something like "v nort," 2nd-semester prof said "v nut," and my current 3rd-semester prof says "v not" instead.

2. Jul 7, 2010

### xxChrisxx

It doesn't matter.

3. Jul 7, 2010

### georgir

Then you go on to V Scorpion, V Reptile, etc... Later on V Sektor and V Cyrax. For V Smoke you may need to indicate if it is the robotized version or not though.
Or you may chose not to index your variables with Lin Kuei members at all. V Liu Kang would demolish them all anyway.

:p
No, really, with a post like that, this answer could not be avoided at all.
But on a more serious note, I'd just read that notation "V zero"

4. Jul 7, 2010

5. Jul 7, 2010

### Amanheis

6. Jul 7, 2010

Thanks for the laugh! lol
I remember one of my other professors do read it as "v zero," though the majority seem to prefer something like:

which does sound like what they all were trying to say. :tongue:

7. Jul 7, 2010

### Char. Limit

That's obviously pronounced "v null" to me. But then, I have to be different, don't I?

Banter aside, I looked at that and said "v null".

8. Jul 7, 2010

### lisab

Staff Emeritus
But that sounds like http://www.thefreedictionary.com/venal" [Broken].

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9. Jul 7, 2010

### Jack21222

I've heard it pronounced V-nought and V-zero. I usually pronounce it however my professor at the time pronounces it. I don't have my own pattern yet.

10. Jul 7, 2010

### KalamMekhar

I am a man of the V-sub-zero clan. Nought sounds too much like ought, as in .30/06

11. Jul 7, 2010

### bp_psy

It's naught. v zero is :yuck:

12. Jul 7, 2010

### DrGreg

I've never really thought about this before, but it's curious that I pronounce a subscript v0 as "vee-naught", a zero on its own as "naught", and a zero before a decimal point 0.2 as "naught point two", but in almost all other contexts I pronounce a zero digit as "oh" (e.g. 306 = "three-oh-six").

But for some reason $\aleph_0$ is "aleph-null".

13. Jul 7, 2010

Funny that now I know what it is, I prefer to call it "zero" instead. Dunno, "nought" just sounds... weird to me

14. Jul 7, 2010

### Mu naught

look at my name :)

μ0

15. Jul 8, 2010

### rootX

v_naught, naught is more than natural than zero

16. Jul 8, 2010

### Pythagorean

V naught or "v sub zero"

but you have to say it almost like "veese of zero"

only "ob zero"

"veese ob zero"

or

"veese ob oh"

17. Jul 8, 2010

### Pythagorean

Visaboh!

18. Jul 11, 2010

### Noxide

v-sub-oh
v-not

19. Jul 12, 2010

### Phrak

Aught or ought: Same archaic word meaning 'nothing', apparently.

zero
aught
ought
naught
oh
null

the list grows.

20. Jul 12, 2010

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
I think I use 'zero' with letters of the modern English alphabet, 'naught' with Greek symbols, and 'null' with Hebrew characters.