[TUHS] pronouncing *nix formulas (was: screen editors)

Rob Pike robpike at gmail.com
Wed Feb 5 09:27:29 AEST 2020

Unix room pronunciation:

ed: Ed or E.D.; both were common
chroot: cheroot
chgrp: ch-group
chown: rhymes with "clone"
chmod: rhymes with "god"
creat: cree-at
nroff: enn-roff (because it was the descendant of roff)
troff: tee-roff
vi: (for those few who used it) V.I. I pronounced it V.I. but often thought
of Roman numerals.

Also a side note about vi: Plan 9 had another program with that name.
http://man.cat-v.org/plan_9/1/vi. The 'v' meant mips for obscure but
consistent reasons. Yet another reason the command was pronounced V.I.
regardless of its function.

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