U.K. Pronunciations — Jonathan Sanderson <[email protected]> commented on our FAQtoids 001 answer about the pronunciation of URL and a specific part of the URL:
The U.K. magazine New Scientist last year asked for suggestions on how to pronounce the "http://www" part of many Web URLs. Most people agreed that the finest idea was "Hitweb." For example, you’d read <http://www.apple.com/> as "Hitweb apple dot com." Sadly, it hasn’t caught on. Also, URL is usually pronounced "you are ell" on this side of the pond. I had no idea what you were writing about when I first saw "earls" – they’re something else over here.