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Re^5: Perl(Hello World)by BrowserUk (Pope)
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And therein lies a story.
I was working at (not for) IBM UK back in the late '80s working with a small team developing a project that used SQL (es-que-el), when we had a new team leader brought in over our heads. He'd been seconded in from abroad, and a different environment. In our first get-to-know-you meeting as a group, our previous de-facto leader was walking the new boss through the project so far when he was interrupted by the question:
"Do you mean 'sequal'?".
"No. SQL ...".
"But it's pronounced 'see-qual'!".
"Not around here it's not!".
"Well, it is everywhere else, so I think that "we" should endeavour to fall in line.".
"We *will* endeavour to fall in line.".
From that point on, all the original members adopted the pronunciation: "SKWAL". Short, staccato and diminutive.
It made for some interesting conversations with the (UK-based) customers saying es-que-el; the boss saying "see-qual" and us slightly choking each time :)
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