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Noob question about pronunciation of "SQL"

So, I've been learning SQL, and I'd really like to know how it should be pronounced. I never thought anything of it before today. I've been pronouncing it by just saying the letters S-Q-L. But I just read a post where someone said "sequel". Is that how people say it? It sounds silly to me, but I don't want to sound silly by NOT saying it... Can someone please help me figure this out?


5/20/2018 5:23:20 AM

Sarah G

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I pronounce it as S-Q-L, but I'd be ready to understand what "sequel" means if someone tries to convey it that way. IMO, it's the least of concerns when dealing with the language. You don't have to be worried about sounding silly, since I've seen beginners and experts alike, pronouncing it as S-Q-L.


Depends on who you ask, and what product you are talking about. I generally say SQL (ess cue ell) but that's just me. Here is an interesting article on the subject which you may like:


all my professors have called it sequel so i go with that xD S.Q.L is also technicaly correct too since its abbreviated from standard query language


According to both versions are possible. And if you ask 10 people, you will get 12 different answers.


My teachers called it SQL, and that what I use. Sequel is kinda weird to me. It's like calling HTML 'Hate Male'.


Inb4 someone starts a poll. :>


wow, I didn't realize it was such a debated subject. Thank you all for your input. I guess I'll stick with ess-cue-ell, since it's what I'm used to. But I'm glad I know about the "sequel" pronunciation now. It would definitely be embarrassing to ask someone what they're talking about if they say that! Haha!


I usually say the initials S.Q.L.


It's really interesting to know that how to pronounce SQL, as someone make fun of as pronounce S-Q-L and says it's sequel! but rather it's actually official to pronounce this as S-Q-L not sequel.🐍😀😀😀


I pronounce it es-qui-el. That’s probably because I did all my studies in French.


Just pronounce it as it's initials SQL (ess kew ell) or if you want to be specific, say it's full name, Structured Query Language


It is pronounced as S-Q-L


Just as it looks :) also sequel!