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Do NOT laugh:  How do you pronounce "VARCHAR"?

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by:Lee W, MVP
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*I* pronounce it "Var-Car" - as in Variable Character.
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by:Lowfatspread
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Var-Char

Var as in JAR  but with a V pronunication   or like Vase  (Varse with a slient se)

char as to char wood...

short and clipped...
 
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by:rw3admin
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its both

varchar as  char (from charwood)
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varchar as char as Car

most geeks I know use computer varchar as  char (from charwood), others who like correct english for variable character field call it varchar as char as Car


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Scott Pletcher earned 20 total points
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Most common I've seen is either both short vowel sounds:

var car (var as in varmint ... oh wait, now have to be debate how to say varmint :-) )

or both long:

vare care (vare as in variable)

A few use:
var char <or> vare char (most rare)
but I'd consider that non-mainstream pronounciation.
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by:BrianMc1958
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If you're shooting for correct English, it should be "var-care", as in "care"-acter, right?  

I'm a geek, but I was also an English major.  I guess I'll do Var-Car Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Var-Char Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Var-Care on holy days of obligation.

--BrianMc1958
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by:BrianMc1958
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Actually, I'm really sorry I asked.
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by:rw3admin
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hey you are a geek... so lets call it VC and be very snobby while calling it VC, believe me nobody will dare to question you :)

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by:Scott Pletcher
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>> If you're shooting for correct English, it should be "var-care", as in "care"-acter, right? <<

Yeah, I guess you're right :-) .


>> so lets call it VC ... <<

Good idea!  Is that like Vee Cee or ... d'oh, never mind!

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