Re: A or An

Subject: Re: A or An
From: Janice Gelb <janiceg -at- ENG -dot- SUN -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 1994 16:24:29 GMT

In article AA11657 -at- cnseq1 -dot- ca -dot- oracle -dot- com, Gwen Gall <ggall -at- ca -dot- oracle -dot- com> writes:
>Please send me your votes:

>1. An RDBMS


>Number One implies that you are speaking the letters, Number Two assumes that,
>since it is an initialism of "Relational Database Management System", you must
>be speaking the full expression every time.

>Please respond directly to me, and I will summarize if there is an interest.
>I need some support for my position in some editing I'm doing for my
>marketing manager (and I can't find anything about it in my reference works).

I would vote for #1 but whichever one you choose, mention up front in
the document how you are pronouncing it (for example, "The Relational
Database Management System will be referred to as 'RDBMS' in the rest
of this document") and you should be able to soothe your marketing

Janice Gelb | (415) 336-7075
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