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I would always just spell it out saying "Eye Eye Ess," but my boss always calls it "Two Ess," like the II is roman numeral. I know it stands for Internet Information so it is not really numbers, but on the other hand it is a lot easier to say "Two Ess."

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"Two Ess" is a very pointy-haired thing to say. –  Skyhawk May 12 '10 at 14:24
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+1. Pointy headed indeed –  joeqwerty May 12 '10 at 14:25

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I pronounce it "Eye Eye Ess" as well. To pronounce it "two ess" is moronic, even if easier to say.

Similarly I prefer to say "Ess Queue Ell" rather than "Sequel" but at least "Sequel" is closer to the mark to SQL than "two ess" is to IIS.

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I've never understood why people use "Sequel," given that "Squirrel" is a much more accurate representation of its function. –  Skyhawk May 12 '10 at 14:31
    
Lol. I like that way of saying it. –  Michael MacDonald May 12 '10 at 14:36
    
Microsoft markets their DBMS as "Sequel" Server, but the correct pronunciation of mySQL is "My Ess Cue El". Just throwing it out there :) –  MDMarra Jul 19 '12 at 15:50

I pronounce it the same way I pronounce various expletives.

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+1 for making me lol –  Richard West May 12 '10 at 14:29
    
Wish I could give this one +2 –  squillman May 12 '10 at 14:39

Eye, Eye, Ess

Also, does your boss pronounce SQL "squall"?

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Heh, never heard "squall" but I know a few people who I'd now expect it from. –  squillman May 12 '10 at 14:40

If it were a UNIX shop, would he pronounce 'vi' as Six?

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Almost certainly (and some people do). –  Quentin May 12 '10 at 14:47

I say eye eye ess too, I don't really think you could call it anything else, aprt from the full proper name.

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