Pronouncing Abbreviations

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    I was just watching a mandatory introduction video on database administration for a small programming job. The job isn't interesting, but the video was.

    1) Every reference to `nonce' was pronounced "noonzay".*
    2) Every reference to SQL was pronounced "squeel" (not "sequel" or "es-qu-el").
    3) Every continuing list would end with "et cetera" pronounced "ee-tee-see".

    I just thought it was funny. I wish I could post the video. ;_;

    So, anyone else have training material with bizarre notations or pronunciation?

    I need more stuff. I couldn't stop giggling after hearing "noonzay" the fifth or sixth time. ^_^;

    Soma

    * I had no idea what he was saying until he showed an SQL example.

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    Never, ever have I heard of "squeel." That's a completely new one to me...

    How do you say "ioctl()" ?

    At work, we pronounce "eye-octal".
    Code:
    //try
    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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    Squeel. Nice.
    Are the video makers native English speakers?

    Knowing what ioctl stands for, and having never heard it pronounced, I simply say it's expanded name (I/O Control).
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    Also, note that "etc" should be enunciated with a long, falling pitch at the end there ("ee-tee-cee~ee").

    For maximum effect, say it in Ben Stein's voice.
    Code:
    #include <cmath>
    #include <complex>
    bool euler_flip(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow
        (
            std::complex<float>(std::exp(1.0)), 
            std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
            * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1.0)
            *(1 << (value + 2)))
        ).real() < 0;
    }

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    Eye-oh k'trll?

    I still haven't gotten used to saying "gooey". It sounds wrong.

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