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From: Marc Serra <mad93@××××××.com>
To: gentoo-doc@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-doc] Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 03:56:35
Message-Id: 40380.130.206.42.45.1128317440.squirrel@webmail.majomo.com
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-doc] Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml by Curtis Napier
I suggested the change because i pronounce it as a word itself, Fak (never
heard it pronounced diferent, but here isn't too much people speaking
english ><). Sorry, i'm not a native english speaker, as you can see :P

> Shyam Mani wrote: >> Curtis Napier wrote: >> >> >>>Yes indeed, ciaran is correct. You go by the "sound" not by the >>>spelling. That's why we say "an honor" instead of "a honor" (the h is >>>silent). But in the case of FAQ he is incorrect because it's pronounced >>>fa-ack not ef-ack. Silly en_GB speakers. :-) >> >> >> Ummm, we pronounce it af eff a que. Not Fak. It is an acronym and eff a >> que is how you say it :) So, he's right and it is an FAQ. >> >> >>>http://www.drgrammar.org/faqs/#36 >> >> >> And from the above site... >> >> According to The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style, "The >> indefinite article a is used before words beginning with a consonant >> sound, including /y/ and /w/ sounds. The other form, an, is used before >> words beginning with a vowel sound. Hence, a European country, a Ouija >> board, a uniform, an FBI agent... >> >> We say Eff Bee Eye agent, not Fubby agent or EffBee or EffBye, right? So >> it's Eff A Que :) not fack or you know where I'm going :p >> > > No, when you use the first letters of a series of words that is going to > be pronounced as a series of letters like F.B.I then that is an > abbreviation or an initialism. An acronym is the first letters of a > series of words put together to form a new word. FAQ is an acronym not > an abbreviation so it is pronounced as a word not as the letters F.A.Q.. > If it was supposed to be pronounced as a series of letters it would be > written F.A.Q. but it isn't. > > http://www.britannica.com/ebc/article-9354382?query=acronym&ct= > http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=acronym&x=0&y=0 > http://www.answers.com/topic/acronym > http://www.thefreedictionary.com/acronym > http://www.answers.com/acronym&r=67 > > This is silly. Just leave it up to the person who writes the doc. What > difference does it make to any of us? Rane already changed it and > changing it back would be redundant.
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