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Before someone ban-hammers this question as they do with all other pronunciation questions, let me explain its relevance.

Verbal communication among co-workers and partners is important; today I was on a conference call with people discussing what I thought was something to do with "Chrome", as in Google Chrome. I pronounce the "cron" in "cron job" with a short O, much like "tron", "gone," or "pawn", but this individual pronouced it with a long O, as in "hone", "bone", or "stone" (notice the e at the end of all those!).

Is there a standard pronunciation? Or is this a matter of opinion. For example, there's nothing ambiguous about the pronunciation of "Firefox", but debate is raging over "potato" and "tomato".

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That individual must be offered a scone the next time he says that. Keep one handy in your pocket. Upon hearing it, yell "TA-DA! yamean scone job" , and extend it to said verbal-villain. – Adel Mar 26 '12 at 19:13
better fit for english.SO? – ratchet freak Mar 26 '12 at 19:15
How does this person pronounce "Chronometer"? – Paul Tomblin Mar 26 '12 at 19:22
Ok, how about chronic, chronicle, synchronized, chronological, anachronism? – Paul Tomblin Mar 26 '12 at 20:52
My first day on Cisco tech support I (as an Australian) was dealing with an American who kept talking about the "cash" on his router. When I told him I don't understand he said it over and over "cash, cash, cash, what's so hard to understand! It's the cash on my content router!" After about 5 minutes of this I finally understood he meant "cache". that was almost as embarrasing as a time an American thanked me for not being a foreigner. – Mark Henderson Mar 27 '12 at 3:59

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It's pronounced the same way as the first syllable of chronometer, since they both come from the greek word for "time".

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Excellent point! Although the greek word for "time" (Chronus/Khronos) would imply the "bone" pronunciation. – Rooke Mar 26 '12 at 19:53
Well, pedantically, you should pronounce "cron" the same way you pronounce other English words that have that Greek root in them, like "chronometer" and "synchronized". – Paul Tomblin Mar 26 '12 at 20:29
That would be "krən," which rhymes with "ton." – Karl Bielefeldt Mar 26 '12 at 23:31

Whenever I hear people use the term, it's always pronounced as in "rhymes with drawn".

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+1 (heh, "crawn") – Jeffrey Sweeney Mar 26 '12 at 19:10
+1 This is the only way I have ever heard it pronounced. – FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Mar 26 '12 at 19:15
Agreed on the pronunciation, assuming you mean as in some American accents where "drawn" and "gone" have the same vowel sound. In the rest of the world and even parts of the U.S. they sound different from each other. – Karl Bielefeldt Mar 26 '12 at 23:45
I was about to say, in what accents do 'drawn' and 'gone' sound the same... – sevenseacat Mar 27 '12 at 4:19
How does 'prawn' rhyme with 'Tron'? – Kirk Broadhurst Mar 27 '12 at 4:20
A programmer stated to me
That pronunciation was key 
  When he asked, "how say 'cron'?"
  I replied, "just like 'on'"
And from then could not contain his glee.
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-1, I was hoping for a haiku. ;) – Randy Levy Mar 27 '12 at 3:40
Proof that there's just no pleasing some people :p – Tullo Mar 30 '12 at 0:33

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