Do you pronounce...

Subject: Do you pronounce...
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 10:31:59 -0400

FQDN as "Fully Qualified Domain Name", or as "Eff Cue Dee Enn" ?

And please, nobody say it's a Fekudden.

Somebody wanted a summary of FQDN and the rules for the fields, and the
discussion went back and forth in e-mail with one person talking about
"an FQDN" and the other about "a FQDN", indicating that the first person
pronounces the letters of the initialism, and the second person either
always speaks out the full four-word name (even in his head?) or else
calls it a Fekudden... which I simply won't allow in my docs.

What I want to know is what most people feel is natural when they see
the thing written.

I'm in the Eff Cue Dee Enn camp, so I would write it with the "an" form
of the indefinite article preceding. Every time I read the other
fellow's "a FQDN" I found myself uncomfortably sub-vocalizing "a
Fekudden"...... nasty. And yet, there he is, and he's a native english
speaker, so ... is there a majority opinion?



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