Interesting little piece of knowledge for your next cocktail party: SQL as we've come to know it actually comes from the term SEQUEL which stood for Structured English QUEry Language. The term SEQUEL was coined in the early 80's by the System R group at IBM who worked on one of the first relational database management systems. They later learned that SEQUEL was the registered trademark of a British aircraft company, so they changed to acronym to SQL, and its stuck to this very day.. Can be pronounced 'sequel' or 'ess-cue-ell' anyways, some useless triva to impress that hotty DBA at your next cocktail party :) .djc. Adrian Thompson wrote: > > From http://www.instantweb.com/~foldoc/foldoc.cgi?query=SQL > > According to Allen G. Taylor, SQL does *not* stand for "Structured Query > Language". That, like "SEQUEL" (and its pronunciation /see'kw*l/), was just > another unofficial name for a precursor of SQL.