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

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Wed Feb 5 13:34:56 AEST 2020

On Tue, Feb 4, 2020, 4:28 PM Rob Pike <robpike at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.

Those match the way I heard them at school in the 80s...


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.
> -rob
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