Re: "an SQL" vs. "a SQL"

From: Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Gavin Flower <GavinFlower(at)archidevsys(dot)co(dot)nz>
Cc: Isaac Morland <isaac(dot)morland(at)gmail(dot)com>, David Rowley <dgrowleyml(at)gmail(dot)com>, Daniel Gustafsson <daniel(at)yesql(dot)se>, Dave Page <dpage(at)pgadmin(dot)org>, Peter Eisentraut <peter(dot)eisentraut(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>, PostgreSQL Developers <pgsql-hackers(at)lists(dot)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: "an SQL" vs. "a SQL"
Date: 2021-06-10 21:39:00
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On 6/10/21 5:32 PM, Tom Lane wrote:
> Gavin Flower <GavinFlower(at)archidevsys(dot)co(dot)nz> writes:
>> On 11/06/21 8:17 am, Isaac Morland wrote:
>>> ... But then there is "an historic occasion" so go figure.
>> The 'h' in 'historic' is silent, at least it used to be -- I think now
>> it is almost silent. So using 'an historic occasion' is correct.
> It's silent according to the Brits, I believe. In America, the
> pronunciation varies.

I suspect "an historic" is bordering on archaic even in the UK these days.



Andrew Dunstan

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