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    How do YOU pronounce SQL?

    I realise you can use either, but how do YOU pronounce SQL?

    "See Qwell" or "ess-cue-el"?

    Can you use the poll above to give your answer please.

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    I pronounce it ess-cue-ell, but acronyms are so much easier to say than abbreviations.

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    I've always thought that Britain had it the intuitive way, with Nato and Nasa but HTML and PHP.

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    "Squirrel".

    It's cuter

    Just kidding, I use "sequel". Because I use "sequel server" at work .

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    I didn't even realise there was an alternative. S-Q-L all the way

    On a simliar note, SMIL is a tough one, I say Smil rather than spelling it out. I just can't bring myself to say 'smile' for some reason, that's just way too soft.
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    ess-cue-el

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    soak-quelle?

    I call it ess-que-ell, thats the correct way IMO.

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    I use sequel. I prefer it.
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    I use See-Qwell but technically S-Q-L is correct...

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    See Qwell for me

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    ess-que-ell of course. How would it sound if people went around saying things like "huh-teh-em-ell", "cess" and "Jesspee"?
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    ess cue ell in all cases except one -- the microsoft product is "squeal server"
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    SQL is just short for SEQUEL.

    S-E-QUE-L = Structured English Query Language

    So SQL is short for SEQUEL which is short for Structured English Query Language

    Neither are incorrect, SEQUEL is just the older shortname
    and SQL is the is the newer shortname

    If you say "see quell" then your saying SEQUEL
    if you say "es cue ell" then your saying SQL
    Which as I have already pointed out, are the same thing.

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    may i ask those of you who pronounce SQL as "sequel" how you pronounce FBI and USA?
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    I think you missed the point of what I was saying.
    People who say " see qwell" are not actualling pronouncing SQL as "see qwell" they are pronouncing SEQUEL as "see qwell"
    It's not really something that they acknowledge it's just habbit with people that have been around for a while and got familiar with Stardard english query language when it was called SEQUEL first. For those newer persons who only first came into contact with SEQUEL server technology more recently, ...well they were most likely presented with the "SQL" abbreviation first and don't know anything else beyond that, therefore they are not familiar with the original abbreviation SEQUEL "see qwell"

    Take N.A.S.A. for instance. Most everyone pronounces it "na suh" . You hardly ever hear anyone call it "en eigh es eigh".

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    I taught myself SQL in an environment with absolutely no other computer-literate people. At the time, I pronounced it "Ess Cue El," and having no other influences, I didn't even consider that there might be an alternative.

    In 2000, I had a job interview at an ISP in Maine. The company's president himself was interviewing me. He looked at my resume and said "Tell me about SEQUEL."

    Blank stare.

    The interview ended right at that moment.



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    I generally say "Sequel" now. In "MySQL" it's always "My Sequel." When I'm referring to a particular SQL query, though, I may say "check your ess cue ell."

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    the folks at mysql.com want you to say "my ess cue ell"

    the folks at postgresql.com want you to say "postgress cue ell"

    the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) wants you to say "ess cue ell"

    how do you pronounce FBI and USA?
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    Hmm, I've never really had this come up in casual conversations. lol I guess I'd say the letters, if it ever did come up.
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    I prounounce it "ess-cue-el", as ive allways presumed its an acronym of Structured Query Language. Although, when people say IRC (I - R - C) i didnt understand at first, as in my head i always read it "erk" lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by r937
    how do you pronounce FBI and USA?
    How do you pronounce LASER, RADAR, and UNICEF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vogelfrei
    How do you pronounce LASER, RADAR, and UNICEF?
    Great comeback!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee
    Great comeback!
    Well, Flash_Monster made the point first (and with more class) with his NASA example.

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    flash_monster's point was that people who pronounce SQL as "sequel" were actually pronouncing the other acronym, SEQUEL

    some people, no matter which way they pronounce SQL, have never heard of SEQUEL, so flash_monster's point is rather questionable

    sorry about your interview, vogelfrei, but you shoulda known about both pronunciations, eh

    would you care to explain the difference between FBI and UNICEF?

    and reasons why SQL belongs in one category or the other?

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    I pronounce it Squall as in the bird, however, See Quel is correct, the acronym used to be SEQUEL.
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    ess-cue-el.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r937
    would you care to explain the difference between FBI and UNICEF?
    One's an acronym and one is an abbreviation (I think....it's been a while since I've sat down and review what it says on this little orange boxes).


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