Gentoo Logo
Gentoo Spaceship




Note: Due to technical difficulties, the Archives are currently not up to date. GMANE provides an alternative service for most mailing lists.
c.f. bug 424647
List Archive: gentoo-doc
Navigation:
Lists: gentoo-doc: < Prev By Thread Next > < Prev By Date Next >
Headers:
To: gentoo-doc@g.o
From: Curtis Napier <curtis119@g.o>
Subject: Re: Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2005 00:43:24 -0400
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.
-- 
gentoo-doc@g.o mailing list


Replies:
Re: Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
-- Marc Serra
Re: Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
-- Shyam Mani
References:
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
Navigation:
Lists: gentoo-doc: < Prev By Thread Next > < Prev By Date Next >
Previous by thread:
Re: Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
Next by thread:
Re: Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
Previous by date:
Re: Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml
Next by date:
Re: Re: cvs commit: quick-samba-howto.xml


Updated Apr 08, 2012

Summary: Archive of the gentoo-doc mailing list.

Donate to support our development efforts.

Copyright 2001-2013 Gentoo Foundation, Inc. Questions, Comments? Contact us.