a/an SQL

Subject: a/an SQL
From: Kelly Graham MCOM <grahamk -at- CS -dot- HH -dot- AB -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 1994 10:23:29 -0400

Glen Accardo asked which article should be used with the acronym SQL.

While I understand his dilemma, I take issue with calling SQL an acronym.
An acronym is a *word* formed from the initial letter or letters of each
of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term. (Webster's Ninth)

At best, it's an *initialism*.

(This is one of this wordsmith's pet peeves.)

Kelly Graham
grahamk -at- cs -dot- hh -dot- ab -dot- com

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