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From: "Marc Serra" <mad93@...>
Subject: Re: Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 07:30:40 +0200 (CEST)
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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Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
-- Alin Dobre
Re: Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
-- Ioannis Aslanidis
Re: Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
-- Ɓukasz Damentko
Re: Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
-- Curtis Napier
Re: Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
-- Shyam Mani
Re: Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
-- Curtis Napier
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