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Why the fucking hell is SQL pronounced as 'sequel'. What turdsniffing fucker whose pet rock has more brain than him made that decision

"I have 3 letters. Lets pronounce them as a full word"

English is fucking hard enough. Don't make it more complicated then it needs to be

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  • 6
    Because "sequel" (or whatever word you choose) rolls off the tongue better than "ess cue ell"
    Coming up with slang shortcuts like this is the modern form of english.
  • 2
    Still better than saying SQL as all three letters.
  • 3
    @lkjhgf253 this guy gets it lmao
  • 2
    @Stuxnet SQL (/s-choo-l/)
  • 4
    "An SQL query"
    "A sequel query"

    The latter sounds better.

    Truth be told, hearing "sequel" used to make me angry, probably because only non-techies said it at the time, at least in my corner of the world.
  • 1
    @c3r38r170 Satan begone lmao
  • 2
    S.Q.L as it's an abbreviation
    Sequel sounds wrong, and I only ever here it from MSSQL users.
  • 9
    –> SQL: stands for Structured Query Language and is pronounced as Sequel, and in early days it was also known as SEQUEL only.

    – IBM in early 1970s developed SEQUEL which stands for Structured English QUEry Langauge for their RDBMS. The acronym was later changed to SQL, as SEQUEL was already trademarked by some UK based aircraft company.

    –> PL/SQL: stands for Procedural Language/Structured Query Language and is used with Oracle database to create PL/SQL units such as Procedures, Functions, Packages, Types, Triggers, etc. which are stored in the database for reuse by applications that use any of the Oracle Database programmatic interfaces.

    https://sqlwithmanoj.com/2015/05/...
  • 4
    "Squeal"
  • 1
    How do you feel about people who pronounce "params" as though it were cheese?
  • 0
    I just say, "suh-kul" like "I ran my suh-kul query in production."
  • 1
    @SortOfTested This method has two parmesans.
  • 1
    Its because you englishians and mearicans have such a tedious way to pronounce "Q". In my superior accent, the Q is simple and so I say SQL.
  • 1
    sequel is more of a "slang". SQL is also correct.

    english is really not that hard.. pretty much the easiest language to learn.
  • 0
    Turning acronyms into words is pretty normal in English, it's more linguistically comfortable for people to do so.

    Honestly all languages have their quirks to learn, take compound words/descriptors for example:

    Languages like German have full on base rules to create compound words, but in English I could describe something as "noodleish" which isn't a real word, yet can be understood.

    You just gotta learn the nuances of a language.
  • 3
    Manager: Have you finished with the sequel?

    Me: Sequel to what?
  • 1
    > Don't make it more complicated then it needs to be

    s/then/than/
  • 0
    Really annoying. Would be less so if the "word" used didn't actually mean something else!
  • 0
    SQL is pronounced sequel for the same reason that spam, laser, scuba, taser and radar are pronounced as words and not spelled out, they're all acronyms too
  • 0
    @nibor Well, different types of acronyms is a discussion on its own, but if we're allowed to be a bit grammarnerdy then I think "Sequel" is kinda a gramogram. A gramogram is not really an acronym I believe, although I could be wrong.
  • 0
    @nibor , I though RADAR comes from "RAdio Detection And Ranging". So you can actually pronaunce it as "ray-dar". SQL would be more like "squeel".

    Though it would be cool to say to the trainee "squeel lika a pig" with some banjo background music.
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