How Do You Pronounce MySQL?

MySQL is an open-source relational database management system. It is very popular and is used by many applications, including Uber, NASA, Square, AirBnb, and thousands of other websites.

The question is…how do you pronounce MySQL?

It’s MY-ESS-QUE-ELL

The official pronunciation, according to the official MySQL.com website, is My-S-Q-L. That is, the word my plus the letters S, Q, and L. In IPA, it is (maɪ ɛs kju ɛl).

The official way to pronounce “MySQL” is “My Ess Que Ell” (not “my sequel”), but we do not mind if you pronounce it as “my sequel” or in some other localized way.

That settles it, right? Sort of.

What About “MY-SEQUEL?”

While MY-ESS-QUE-ELL is the official pronunciation, you will often hear the word pronounced in other ways. As mentioned in the quote above, many people pronounce MySQL as MY-SEQUEL (maɪ ˈsikwəl).

(A sequel is a piece of literature or film that continues the original story.)

Thus, you should be familiar with this pronunciation, even if it’s not completely “correct.” At the end of the day, it’s not a life-or-death issue.

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