[TUHS] pronouncing *nix formulas (was: screen editors)
crossd at gmail.com
Thu Feb 6 12:23:17 AEST 2020
On Wed, Feb 5, 2020 at 3:52 PM Rob Pike <robpike at gmail.com> wrote:
> Frodo (Ted Kowalski) told me it was originally spelled, and pronounced,
> fuck, for good reason, but he soon realized it was going to be used by
> others and changed one letter. It was just letters after that.
Very often the novice Unix users learns how `rm -rf` works the hard way.
I've always preferred the spelling, `rm -fr` where I tell people that the
`fr` bit means, "fuck recursively."
- Dan C.
On Thu, Feb 6, 2020 at 1:34 AM Clem cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
>> 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
>> > 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". :-)
>> > FWIW,
>> > Arnold
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