An LEO is correct, assuming you are pronouncing each letter and not saying "leo the lion." I actually dislike when people write "a" LEO, for the same reasons you dislike "an" LEO. Would you write "a" S&W revolver or "an" S&W revolver? The words spelled out (in this case "Smith") would require an "a," but the "ess" (begins with a vowel sound) of the abbreviation requires an "an." Ain't English grand?
So the do you say A herb? plant not name?
no, I don't say "a herb." It's a sound thing, not a spelling thing... the h in herb is SILENT. As it is when describing an herbivore.
Ya know, this is all in fun... I'm only partially serious... the rest of me is pretty much laid back...
This is the off topic and humor section of the forum... And we don't have a first amendment section on the freedom of speech... so I'm just being "free" with my speechification where it can tend towards jocularity.
Just so we're all on the same starting page - you use "an" when the following word begins with a vowel SOUND, not necessarily a vowel itself. It would be "a" herb if you pronounced the H, or "an" herb if you didn't.
what you talkin bout Willis? Me an herb go shootin all da time!
He's prolly right
We have shortened acronyms to become words... Cop, reportedly, was an acronym (C.O.P.) for Constable On Patrol (a beat cop). S.W.A.T was converted to SWAT so it became "a SWAT team" rather than an S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons And Tactics) team...
So, what? Does it really matter? nah... but it's a good exercise in something.. time mismanagement mostly.... 2 pages we've spent on this... hard to believe.
English is my 5th language Serbian, Russian, Albanian and German grammar rules gets mixed into English
I'm bilingual... almost. Spoke Spanish first... No, scratch that, I spoke gibberish first... then half Spanish, then pidgin English, then English, then Spanish (couldn't speak English for two weeks after a trip to Mexico)... Then English, with a smattering of Spanish on occasion, most of which I have lost..
Speaking 5 languages is fantastic... I don't care if you flub an occasional indefinite article in any of them...