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Fixed typos in docblocks. #638

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Hello again, I'm committing the mini fixes in docblock documentation - swapping 'an SQL' for 'a SQL'.




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This is not a typo in my opinion, SQL is pronunced esquel, making the "an" correct. The same is done on the wikipedia page for SQL,


Right, but given the various interpretations, be it 'es-cue-el' or 'sequel', the literal representation of the acronym is 'Structured Query Language'. So what you're saying in documentation is:

"..returns an Structured Query Language result."

Which is incorrect.

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I tend to agree with acronym "Structured Query Language". It should be "a".

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First of all, I don't have strong opinions on the suggestion.

Please consider that an acronym doesn't read like the real thing. We explicitly use acronyms to avoid reading the real thing.


It seems generally accepted that you choose a or an based on how the following acronym reads, not necessarily how what it stands for reads (though that is done as well, but much less common).

Which then raises the question, how is SQL read? That also varies. I think the project just needs to pick one and be consistent.

A decent discussion with other references that basically comes to the same conclusion:

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beberlei commented Apr 1, 2013

Rejected and following the wikipedia pronunciation here. "a" or "an" is not about resolving the acronym, its about speach, not writing. "an" sounds much more fluent. Its also not "a hour", but "an hour".

Decision was made after much twitter feedback on the question:

@beberlei beberlei closed this Apr 1, 2013

Thanks for the clarification guys!

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