Re: Articles with Acronyms

Subject: Re: Articles with Acronyms
From: Janice Gelb <janiceg -at- ENG -dot- SUN -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 17:10:26 GMT

In article A02019 -at- smtpgw -dot- liebert -dot- com, Kelly Burhenne
<burhennk -at- smtpgw -dot- liebert -dot- com> writes:
>Text item: Text_1

> Question: When using an acronym (as you all know, very prevalent in our
> profession) preceded by an article, should you use the article that
> agrees with the first word the acronym represents, or use the article
> that agrees with the pronunciation of the acronym.

> e.g.: an FTP
> a FTP

> a SS2000 (SiteScan 2000)
> or an SS2000

As most other people have said, use the article that agrees with the
most common pronunciation (in the example, "an ftp").

As I haven't seen anyone else say, if people pronounce the term in various
ways, establish the pronunciation you are using to justify the article.
For example, the term "SQL" is tricky because some people pronounce it
"ess-qu-el" and others "sequel." So, decide which way you think most
people pronounce it and establish that at the beginning ("This chapter
describes how to connect an SQL ('ess-qu-el') server").

Janice Gelb | The only connection Sun has with this
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