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Re: [PATCH] more typo/wording fixes

From: Alan Barrett <apb_at_cequrux.com>
Date: 2006-03-01 18:16:59 CET

On Tue, 28 Feb 2006, Michael Sweet wrote:
> I just know what my editors have told me (repeatedly :) in writing my
> books, and you're "supposed to" use the pronoun for the spelled-out
> acronym and not the letters. I'm no English expert, but I'm assuming
> they are...

You are supposed to use the pronoun for the pronounced form of the
acronym. If you pronounce "MD5" as "em dee five", then write "an MD5".
In the unlikely event that you pronounce "MD5" as "mid five" or "message
digest five", then write "a MD5".

Similary, if you pronounce "URL" as "errll", then write "an URL". If
you pronounce "URL " as "yoo are ell", then write "a URL".

--apb (Alan Barrett)

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