English pronunciation

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Some times I have to investigate the correct pronunciation of a word in American English. When I do, I will list my results here.

  • data - both "day-ta" and "dah-ta" are correct
  • MySQL - "my s q l" is official, "my sequel" is also used
  • query - "que" is pronounced like the beginning of "queen", "ry" like the beginning of "rich"
  • sans - probably best to says "sanz" when used in connection with non-french words ("comic sans") and "song" when used with French words ("sans serif")
  • status - both "stay-tus" and "stah-tus" are correct
  • the - "the" in front of a consonant sound, "thee" in front of a vowel sound