24 Feb 2009 ncm   » (Master)

redi and bagder: I have only heard of "lib" rhymed with "gibe" in a few Microsoft shops. Everywhere else it rhymes with "bib". The old GNU library libiberty (now happily redundant) makes no sense otherwise. Of greater moment, I have encountered people ignorantly spelling out ACL ("access control list") as "ayseehell". It rhymes with "hackle", and always has. Of less moment is "char" -- I have heard it read as "care", "char", and "car", but not yet "chair". Anything goes, but "car" is silly. There is a tradition of doggedly pronouncing acronyms exactly as written, as a futile but unbowed way to discourage bad ones. This rule seems not to apply in the vicinity of RFCs.

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