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Question on how one pronounces FCMP

I did a couple of papers this year that used PROC FCMP, but was unable to find out how others are pronouncing the procedure. Since it stands for "function compiler" I figured that it should be called F COMP, but I have heard many just spelling out the letters. I think F COMP is more in line with how we have all coined the other procedures. Any comments?


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‎04-27-2012 02:59 PM
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Re: Question on how one pronounces FCMP

Hi, Art, I have heard both. I also tend to put the vowel in and say "F-COMP", but I have heard others just say "F-C-M-P" -- but I'm all for fewer syllables and besides. if someone doesn't hear you correctly or you say the consonants too fast, or all slurred together, it could sound like you were saying
"eff-sea-empty" -- in which the meaning of the letters are completely gone. At least if I say F-COMP, they have some chance of looking up the PROCs in alphabetical order and finding The FCMP Procedure.

My personal .02 (and not the opinion of management),

cynthia

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‎04-27-2012 02:59 PM
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Re: Question on how one pronounces FCMP

Hi, Art, I have heard both. I also tend to put the vowel in and say "F-COMP", but I have heard others just say "F-C-M-P" -- but I'm all for fewer syllables and besides. if someone doesn't hear you correctly or you say the consonants too fast, or all slurred together, it could sound like you were saying
"eff-sea-empty" -- in which the meaning of the letters are completely gone. At least if I say F-COMP, they have some chance of looking up the PROCs in alphabetical order and finding The FCMP Procedure.

My personal .02 (and not the opinion of management),

cynthia

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Re: Question on how one pronounces FCMP

Cynthia, I totally agree!  Rick Wicklin said that the developers have said F. C. M. P., but what do they know.  They probably also say F. R. E. Q.

A not to be named SAS employee suggested a rather different name, namely: the procedure formerly known as Prince

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