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From: Jack Dark <jackdark@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-doc@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-doc] Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 03:56:32
Message-Id: bb1437860510021939i1c07fd75r6ad9862fdc7d46c5@mail.gmail.com
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-doc] Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml by Curtis Napier
It is "an FAQ". I'm a native en_US speaker, though I'm much more of a
stickler for correct phonetics than most. But even so, I think most
en_US speakers also say "an FAQ", because we say it phonetically: "eff
ay cue". That's the correct way of saying it in US English.


On 10/2/05, Curtis Napier <curtis119@g.o> wrote:
> £ukasz Damentko wrote: > > On Mon, 03 Oct 2005 01:44:54 +0200 > > Ioannis Aslanidis <deathwing00@g.o> wrote: > > > > > >>-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- > >>Hash: SHA1 > >> > >>Alin Dobre wrote: > >> > >>>the last time this was discussed via irc, ciaranm (who is a native en_GB > >>>speaker) said that the correct form is: "an FAQ", the explanation being > >>>that FAQ it's spelled: ef a q, so it phonetically begins with a vocal, > >>>so it should be prefixed with 'an'. > > > > > > blackace and AllanonJL (both native speakers as well) say it's "a FAQ" > > not "an FAQ", so we have 2:1 for now... > > > > with regards, > > £ukasz Damentko > > > 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. :-) > > For reference see here: > http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/a.html#a > > or here: > http://www.drgrammar.org/faqs/#36 > -- > gentoo-doc@g.o mailing list > >
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