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sync: inconsistent article for RWMutex #23457

mark-rushakoff opened this issue Jan 16, 2018 · 1 comment


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commented Jan 16, 2018

What version of Go are you using (go version)?

Both and

What did you do?

I wasn't sure whether to write "a RWMutex" or "an RWMutex", so I Googled it.

What did you expect to see?

I expected to see a considerably larger number of search results for one or the other of the Google results; or, I expected to see consistent usage in the sync documentation.

What did you see instead?

I saw 268 results for "a RWMutex" and 212 results for "an RWMutex". Then I noticed the sync docs were in both search results. "A RWMutex" occurs twice in the official docs and "an RWMutex" occurs 3 times.

According to this English StackExchange post, "a" vs. "an" comes down to how the word is pronounced out loud. "Read-write mutex" is fewer syllables than "arr-double-you mutex", so I can see why it's natural to write "a RWMutex". Ultimately I would like to see one style or the other in the official docs so I don't have to think about which style to use.


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commented Jan 16, 2018

Change mentions this issue: sync: consistently use article "a" for RWMutex

@gopherbot gopherbot closed this in 165e752 Jan 16, 2018

@mikioh mikioh changed the title doc: inconsistent article for RWMutex sync: inconsistent article for RWMutex Jan 17, 2018

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