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How do you say SQL?

Just wondering if I'm alone in wanting to say "squirrel" for SQL instead of "sequel"? "My squirrel" seems much more fun.

5 Answers

A good squirrel always knows (or should know - of course we have all seen them digging around trying to find where they hid the nuts, hmm..maybe they deliberately 'forget' where they hide them??) where he/she hid the nuts! So, SQL = Squirrel is a good analogy of the term, or is it? . The squirrel may be thinking 'now, that nut will grow up to be a great hidden database'..

This was way to deep for me.

I wonder if it's subconscious that my first real exposure to databases was while using an Acorn computer when I was about 13/14!

I've never heard anyone ever use it either and I've been using SQL for several years, just the way I see the letters s,q,l. :) Have to force myself to say "sequel" or "S.Q.L." if I want to discuss it with others. Was just hoping I wasn't the only weirdo out there.

Haha, definitely not. When you mention it I can totally see why you would read it like that :)

I've never heard squirrel, but I usually say S-Q-L or sequel. I suppose it's just personal preference as long as people understand what you mean.

Steven Blackwood
Steven Blackwood
4,081 Points

Depends on who you ask. MySQL says "The official way to pronounce “MySQL” is “My Ess Que Ell” (not “my sequel”), but we do not mind if you pronounce it as “my sequel” or in some other localized way." Microsoft (per a commercial I heard the other day) says "Sequel Server" (for SQL Server). It was originally SPELLED as SEQUEL, for "Structured English Query Language", but SEQUEL was trademarked, so... I tend to use SEQUEL since that was the original "spirit" of the acronym.

However, I still *think of it as "SQUALL", since I learned by reading, and none of the books I read ever mentioned the proper pronunciation. I figure it'll always be "SQUALL" to me :)

Computers do strange things at times, often it seems all on their own! Must be some logical reasons for it..

Konrad Pilch
Konrad Pilch
2,435 Points

Computers learn alone. We get robots self learning and the more we do , the more code and stuff do , the more the machine get inteligent and at the end when it will gain destructive power, will show off its inteligence and well, it decide what next.

We will use apps to save our word. Flappy birds in air as new birds. Cars from gta as new cars. SQL as new squirrel with database on thier trees having all the info about everyone .

When people say SQL , i often cant understand then coz everyone say it in different way and im thinking, what is he saying? : p