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John Cowan wrote:
<blockquote cite="mid20060605134905.GA10437@ccil.org" type="cite">[snip]<br>
<pre wrap="">I suspect , that if the pronounciation were be same many people would
have noticed it before.
I am quite certain that many people have. It was perfectly obvious to me
the first time I saw the word "Unix" written, and that was in 1976 or so.
Yes, there was a somewhat famous "Dilbert" cartoon on this
near-homophony. The text: <br>
Boss: My boss says we need some eunuchs programmers.<br>
Dilbert: I think he means Unix, not eunuchs. And I already know Unix.<br>
Boss: If the company nurse drops by, tell her I said "Never mind."<br>
But that was much later, sometime in the 1990s.... I recall hearing
and making jokes on it much earlier -- Ian <br>