# How do you pronounce $\mathcal{L}$

How do you pronounce $\mathcal{L}$?

It almost always denotes a random variable of losses in a portfolio. It comes up a lot in my "Essential mathematics for market risk management" book, and I feel a bit silly calling it "curly L" to the portfolio managers I work with.

• I just call it the letter "L". It's just a fancy way of writing that letter. Mar 29 '17 at 1:09
• You could say Script L Mar 29 '17 at 1:15
• Or just "random variable of losses" :) Mar 29 '17 at 1:50
• All good answers. Thank you! Mar 29 '17 at 2:44
• Unless you have a formula where you're both using $L$ and $\mathcal L$, what's the problem with just referring to it as "ell", as The Count says? Mar 29 '17 at 5:11