Re: the wattage needed to look for the next Pope, it’s “Jigawatts”, not Gigawatts.
It actually really is “Gigawatts” despite the way Doc Brown pronounces the word in the movie. From Wikipedia: “The power required is pronounced in the film as “one point twenty-one jiggawatts.” While the closed-captioning in home video versions spells the word as it appears in the script, jigowatt, the actual spelling matches the standard prefix and the term for power of “one billion watts”: gigawatt. Though obscure, the “j” sound at the beginning of the SI prefix giga- is an acceptable pronunciation for “gigawatt.” In the DVD commentary for Back to the Future, Bob Gale states that he had thought it was pronounced this way because this was how a scientific advisor that he had for the film pronounced it.”
Brilliant!!! I love it. You have a great sense of humor Fr. Roderick!
Ol’ Doc Brown was just using the ecclesiastical pronunciation.
It is the ecclesiastical pronunciation, but also in English the letter g before an i or an e is usually pronounced with the soft sound. Think “garage”.
Great. I always thought we needed to go back to the Greatest Generation to solve our problems.
It would be great if this jolt would send us back in time. Set the flux capacitor to 1962 the result will be “extraordinary”.
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