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OK, dumb but. how do you pronounce MySQL?

     
2:52 am on May 16, 2018 (gmt 0)

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For MySQL, do you guys say My S-Q-L or My Sequel? Or other?

Worse, how do you pronounce MySQLi (with the trailing i )?

I realized recently that this is one of those things I've always seen written, and never really talked to anyone about in person. The few times I do, I say "My S Q L", but then I heard someone say "My Sequel" and now I worry that I've just been sounding stupid for the last several years...
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The official way to pronounce “MySQL” is “My Ess Que Ell” (not “my sequel”), but we do not mind if you pronounce it as “my sequel” or in some other localized way.

source: https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/8.0/en/what-is-mysql.html [dev.mysql.com]

also:
MySQL is named after co-founder Monty Widenius's daughter, My.

source: https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/8.0/en/history.html [dev.mysql.com]

i use the canonical pronunciation...
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I pronounce it : Maria Dee Bee
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Squill. But then, I pronounce URL to agree with The Duke of URL.

Isn't this like the “correct” pronunciation of gif, or the official plural of “mouse”, where there’s a full disconnect between what people actually do, and what someone somewhere says they’re supposed to do?

For bonus points, pronounce SPEBSQSA.
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Just say No!
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7:33 pm on May 16, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Rhymes with bicycle.

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I realized recently that this is one of those things I've always seen written, and never really talked to anyone about in person

Heh, I have this too sometimes. Hardly ever talk to other developers offline. If one mentioned "My sequel" that would've thrown me off, much like the first time I heard someone "pronounce" WYSIWYG (wis-si-wig apparently) or SEO (in Dutch anyway, where it's often pronounced something like say-oh). Back to my bubble.
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OK, dumb but. how do you pronounce MySQL?
I don't.
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Well, shoot... I also pronounce URL like Earl and WYSIWYG as WIS-si-wig... but SEO is S-E-O.

It's funny, I get lost in my online world and don't realize how long it's been since I've talked-shop with someone in real life...
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I pronounce it My sequel and I guess most of the people pronounce it My sequel, but thanks to Phranque to correcting everyone here!
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not correcting, informing...
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For MySQLi , my girlfriend, who is also web dev, says "My Scully" (like X Files)
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That was gonna be my next thing for phranque... if it's My S-Q-L (yay, I've been saying it right all along!) then what about the trailing "i"?

My ess-que-ell-eye ?
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My ess-que-ell-eye ?

Try rhyming it with "bicycle eye".

It may not be "correct", but as Harrison Ford said, "George, you can type this s***, but you sure as hell can't say it".

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csdud55 you'll have to ask the people who created "miskly"...
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csdud55 you'll have to ask the people who created "miskly"...


Officially pronounced as "/maɪ ˌɛskjuːˈɛl/"


The official way to pronounce “MySQL” is “My Ess Que Ell” (not “my sequel”), but we do not mind if you pronounce it as “my sequel” or in some other localized way.
[dev.mysql.com...]
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Officially pronounced as "/maɪ ˌɛskjuːˈɛl/"
That is a ridiculously grandiose way of saying it’s pronounced "my S Q L" (I assume it's wikipedia showing off, “look at us! we know the IPA!”) ... especially since it doesn't allow for dialectal differences in the way names of letters are pronounced.* Or, come to that, the very word “my”.


* Taking a closer look: I, for one, do not pronounce Ess and Ell with the same vowel; the first of the two is higher and more fronted, to the point where I’d consider it a phonemic difference. The only way I can force the same vowel is by shifting to the Continental pronunciation of the following consonant /l/.