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

Clem cole clemc at ccc.com
Wed Feb 5 23:35:07 AEST 2020

FWIW. When it was written, Ted and I used pronounced it as “fisk” (rhymes with “disk”), but F. S. C. K. was always acceptable to my ears.  I admit I smiled one time when I heard some one call it “f-sick” but that was not considered the proper pronunciation.

Sent from my PDP-7 Running UNIX V0 expect things to be almost but not quite. 

> On Feb 5, 2020, at 3:45 AM, arnold at skeeve.com wrote:
> "G. Branden Robinson" <g.branden.robinson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> At 2020-02-04T09:40:18+0100, Sijmen J. Mulder wrote:
>>> markus schnalke <meillo at marmaro.de> wrote:
>>>> Wikipedia writes that `ed' would be pronounced ``ee-dee'' (like
>>>> ``vee-eye''), is that what you english speakers do?
>> Certainly not.  When one sees a command name that duplicates a
>> frequently-used diminituve of a common name, the brain is going to
>> select that preferentially.
> ISTR thinking of it and calling it e-d, along with r-m, l-n, m-v and
> the other two-letter commands.
>> (And did people really say "dee-eye-tee-roff" for "ditroff"?)
> I did ... Although it's "groff" and not "g-roff". :-)
> Arnold

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