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". Dean 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.