SQL, gif, e-mail... (was Re: [thechat] who thought *this* was a

Dean Mah dmah at shaw.ca
Thu Feb 21 12:40:00 CST 2002

I've always pronounced it 'es cue ell' since their was a query
language called SEQUEL that pre-dated SQL.

But hey, I also pronounce GIF with a hard "g" as in "graphics".


Erika Meyer writes:

> SQL is pronounced "sequel"
> ...but a MySQL book (O'Rielly?) noted that when talking about the
> software known as "mySQL" it's "my "ess cue ell."  So that's an
> exception...
> ...which makes no sense at all.
> I also say  pronounce "gif" like "jiff" (peanut butter), even though
> logically I think the "g" should be hard.  But it's better to be
> right than logical, right?
> anyway... I *know* that I pronounce SQL and gif correctly... but when
> the "correct" pronunciations are so stupid, it means that incorrect
> pronunciations proliferate, and the proletariat who are incorrect
> think that the elite who are correct are wrong... it takes all the
> joy out of being right.  It's hard to gloat when you have to
> constantly defend your correctness.

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