Re: A vs. AN SQL

Subject: Re: A vs. AN SQL
From: Charles Fisher <decrsc!charles -at- UUNET -dot- UU -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 1994 11:19:33 -0400

FWIW, I just saw this in the Forest & Trees User Manual:

SQL (sometimes pronounced _sequel_) stands for structured
query language. A SQL statement can ...

This method nicely sidesteps the ambiguity of this issue by _telling_
the reader how to pronounce the acronym/initialism, then assuming that when
the reader sees the acronym/initialism again, he/she will read it as the
author "pronounces" it, and therefore the author can use the appropriate

Hope this helps....

"If you take hyphens seriously you will surely go mad."
-John Benbow
Charles Fisher
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President, STC Washington DC Chapter

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