How do you pronounce


Is it: eff ay kew

Or: fack

I spell it out, so that people don’t think I’m trying to say something else.

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I go with fack. I stopped caring what people think about me a long time ago.


that’s a stoopid one to vacillate on, for obvious reasons

I want them to know what I’m talking about, 'cause communication.

What they think about me is an entirely different subject, all together.

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Same for SQL:

I spell it out, particularly if it’s plural, because FAQs said as “facks” sounds like fax.

and yet I rarely spell this one out (I have on occasion), and just say sequel.

SQL is an abbreviation for SeQueL, so I go with “sequel”

Actually, it’s snot.

It’s Structured Query Language.

…but I read that first sentence on the internet once

Ooh, it may have been Structured English QUery Language but SEQUEL was already taken by Hawker Siddeley.

I’ll shut up now. I need a root beer.

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For the healthcare folks. Do you say ‘practice management system’ or save time with the acronym?

I spell FAQ, I say sequel.

I use the more widely used (I think) hard g for gif even though the guy who invented it wanted it to sound like jif (or so I read on the internet). Niche is pronounced neesh, imo. Is that a regional thing, I know some say nitch. If I have a nitch, I scratch it.


I was thinking the same thing. I have never had a reason to speak FAQ to someone so I have never had to think about how to say it. I say sequel every dang day. “Is that in the sequel server?”

With learning being online in the COVID era we’ll see a new generation of kids who have only seen words printed

  1. The English language yet again missed a golden opportunity, because if ‘fax’ was plural then ‘fack’ could be its singular counterpart.
  2. In certain company, I pronounce FAQ as FAY-cue and spell out FAX in order to create confusion.
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It’s effaycue and esscuelle.

You sound them out!

[quote] How do you pronounce niche? Is it \NEESH\ or \NICH?


There is a debate about how you are supposed to pronounce niche . There are two common pronunciation variants, both of which are currently considered correct: \NEESH\ (rhymes with sheesh ) and \NICH\ (rhymes with pitch ). \NICH\ is the more common one and the older of the two pronunciations. It is the only pronunciation given for the word in all English dictionaries until the 20th century, when \NEESH\ was first listed as a pronunciation variant in Daniel Jones’s English Pronouncing Dictionary (1917). \NEESH\ wasn’t listed as a pronunciation in our dictionaries until our 1961 Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged , and it wasn’t entered into our smaller Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary until 1993. Even then, it was marked in the Collegiate as a pronunciation that was in educated use but not considered acceptable until 2003.

All this is to say that the historical pronunciation has been \NICH, and that \NEESH\ is a relative newcomer that came about likely under influence from French pronunciation conventions. At this point in time in the U.S., \NICH\ is still the more common pronunciation, but \NEESH\ is gaining ground. Our evidence suggests that in British English, \NEESH\ is now the more common pronunciation.[/quote]

I go back and forth depending on cadence of the sentence.

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I really hope that you had all of that knowledge just sitting in your head and it isn’t a copy/paste from another website.

He used an autocorrect shortcut.

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That’s even better. He uses this information so often that he’s gone to the trouble of making a shortcut to share the information quickly.


ends with “if”, but I use the “g” sound rather than “j”