How should HOMFLY polynomial be pronounced? It is an acronym, but clearly chosen so that it could be pronounced as a word.


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Every knot theorist I know says "HOM-flee." Potentially more correct is "HOM-flee PEE TEE" (for HOMFLY-PT) to recognize the independent work of Przytycki and Traczyk.

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    $\begingroup$ and I thought it was pronounced like "home-fly" ! (/həʊm-flaɪ/) $\endgroup$ Sep 7, 2020 at 16:18

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