Nomenclature and Pronounciation
About referring to ACM SIGGRAPH in the press and otherwise, as well as the heritage of our name.
We are frequently contacted regarding the meaning and heritage of our organization's name, as well as with questions regarding how it should be referred to in official context.
Who are we, and what are we called?
We are a Special Interest Group, or SIG, of the Association for Computing Machinery, or ACM, the latter of which describes itself as "The First Society in Computing", and promotes computing as a science and a profession.
ACM SIGGRAPH itself is, in the most official context, "The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques".
We are often referred to conversationally as "SIGGRAPH", though this name actually refers to our annual conference. Our organization should always be referred to as being a part of the ACM, and "ACM SIGGRAPH" should always be capitalized.
How are our names pronounced?
The acronym "ACM" is pronounced Ay-See-Em, and "SIGGRAPH", which isn't quite an acronym or an abbreviation, is pronounced Sig-Graph. Many people run together the G's and mispronounce our name so that it sounds like See-Graph, which is actually what it sounds like to say SEAGRAPH, an affiliated regional organization who serves computer graphics professionals in Southeast Asia.
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