This question might seem subjective, but I ask because there is some precedent on this site.

I and my colleagues have always pronounced the name of this optimizer as "bobby cue ay" (which also gives it a nice friendly touch). However, when we realized what it actually stands for ("Bound Optimization BY Quadratic Approximation") it became clear that the "BY" is not spelling anything out, but is instead a whole word. The pronounciation we've been using hides this fact.

Is "Bobby QA" an accepted pronunciation regardless, or is there some other more widely spread? Which one should I use in public when describing my work (so as to generate the least amount of giggles)?

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    $\begingroup$ I personally think that as a terminology issue, this is on-topic for this site. It's not as if this question would be more likely to receive an informed answer on the English Language & Usage SE, for instance. (I detest it when there are technical terms I don't know how to pronounce, for fear of looking silly when I say them, so I have sympathy for the OP here.) $\endgroup$
    – Silverfish
    Apr 12 '16 at 20:32

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