[TUHS] Unix, eunuchs?

dmr at plan9.bell-labs.com dmr at plan9.bell-labs.com
Tue Jun 6 13:41:06 AEST 2006

Michael Welle originally asked,

 > last week a work mate told us a tale about how Unix came to its
 > name. He believes that Unix is named after the term eunuch (a
 > homophone of (to?) unix in english language). One can see Unix as a
 > castrated successor of Multics.

The pun may have been at the back of Kernighan's mind,
but the original explanation was "one of whatever
Multics was many of."  I think the quip about
"castrated Multics" came from MIT.

Incidentally, I don't think the Unics spelling ever occurred
in print, though I could be proved wrong.


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