Proper Pronunciation of "SQL"


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I asked a techie friend about it elsewhere (facebook) and some said "sequel," some said "ess queue ell," and then people started going at it a little bit. It cracked me up because the damndest things can stir up s*@~.
So I said, "hell. I'll just wait until my Prof. says it then say it like she does."

Like, in school they told me to pronounce "finance" like "shark's fin" instead of "dang but Jo Bob's old lady sure is fine," also I was cautioned about "new kyew lurr...."

So I was just wondering and all.


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SQUIRREL!
chases


More proof of Facebook's perfidy.


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SQL stands for Structured Query Language. But it was originally called SEQUEL for Structured English QUery Language. But the acronym SEQUEL was trademarked. So it was changed to SQL. Hence why some still refer to it as sequel. Both pronunciations of the acronym are generally acceptable.

Liberty's Edge

The standards document says its pronounced es sku el.


Heh heh.

I'm gonna call it "Esquizzle" shizzle, for rizzle.


Speaking as an employee of the largest database company in the world...
...aargh... cardiac... arrest.....!

Liberty's Edge

Damn autocorrect.

Es Que El.

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32

If anyone corrects you for saying "sequel" then you are allowed to correct them when they mispronounce "toe mah toe" as "toe may toe".


NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking as an employee of the largest database company in the world...

...aargh... cardiac... arrest.....!

So that's what happens when you type

SELECT * FROM PEOPLE WHERE PRONOUNCE_SQL_COOL_LIKE_SNOOP=NO

DROP TABLE PEOPLE


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I thought it was 'squeal'...

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

I usually say 'sequel', but I secretly prefer 'squirrel'.


Squall

Shadow Lodge

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Doesn't matter how you say it, someone say you are playing it wrong.


theheadkase wrote:
If anyone corrects you for saying "sequel" then you are allowed to correct them when they mispronounce "toe mah toe" as "toe may toe".

HERESY

Carry on.


Tordek Rumnaheim wrote:
Doesn't matter how you say it, someone say you are playing it wrong.

The same is true for pronouncing some foreign names.


I didn't know it was pronounced irl. Who comes and talks to the SQL programmer? If they do do they actually mention the language? Maybe if they turn e-mail into sound, then we'll know.


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SUCK-el.


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Es-cu-ela.


"Fred."


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as long as they're not calling soda pop.


I've never met anyone who called it 'sequel' other than Microsoft employees. So personally, I go with S-Q-L.

Dark Archive

As a DBA, we use it when speaking to each other like, all the time.

Usually I hear "Sequel", but I've heard a few people use SQL (usually Linux people, but that's hardly a representative sample).

However, I have noticed that people who prefer it one way, they really prefer it their way, and they will argue at length about it.


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who cares
just get it done

--the client


Slaunyeh wrote:
I've never met anyone who called it 'sequel' other than Microsoft employees. So personally, I go with S-Q-L.

I've heard it pronounced both "Es Que El" and "Sequel," but it was only the Microsoft reps and our company's own employees with MSCE/MSCP certs that pronounced it "Sequel."

However, once this movie came out, I started calling it "Squeakquel," which seemed to universally irritate everyone... so I still call it that.


I don't always run a SEQUEL query, but when I do, I use SQL.


SQL

~innocent look~ That IS the correct pronouciation? Right? ~grins nd runs~


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I always say "sequel," unless the client says "FileMaker," at which I die a little inside.

Of course, I'm more of a manager now, so I don't do much directly with databases anymore.


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I've also heard a handful of people call it "squill."

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