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Re: Another load of typos

On Tue, Mar 15, 2005 at 12:00:30AM -0500, Joey Hess wrote:
> Florian Zumbiehl wrote:
> > - Might it be reasonable to not check for duplicates before sending the
> >   reports? I'm using a relatively recent Packages file from unstable -
> >   and checking whether it is a duplicate probably is much easier for the
> >   maintainer than it is for me (they should know it immediately when
> >   they see my bug report, I guess, while I'd have to read through the
> >   bug lists of a hundred packages at least).
> Sounds reasonable to me.
> > To verify that what I think to be incorrect really is, here is the list
> > of "words" I've found to be used with "a" but which I think should be
> > used with "an":
> > 
> > FAQ
> Would you mind giving a reference to a manual of style or something
> about these? I always only use "an" before an acronym if the expansion
> of the acronym would need an "an" in front. "An FAQ" sounds wrong to my
> ears.

It depends on if the acronym is usually spelled or pronounced.  I say "a
fack", other people say "an eff ahy cue".  I don't think there's a
universally accepted way to handle acronyms.

- Matt

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