[TUHS] Speaking commands [Was: Bell System Technical Journal archive]

arnold at skeeve.com arnold at skeeve.com
Wed Jul 18 13:54:02 AEST 2018

That was Ken Thompson who said that. And indeed, in Plan 9 it's called


Ron Natalie <ron at ronnatalie.com> wrote:

> There was a quote going around where when asked if he would do anything differently, he said he’d put an e on the end of creat.   I guess he was tire of people calling it Cree-at.  
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Jul 17, 2018, at 8:20 AM, arnold at skeeve.com wrote:
> > 
> > Nemo <cym224 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 
> >> I was intrigued by BMK's comment that "ed" was never spokend as "ed"
> >> by "those in the know", which leads me to wonder how things were
> >> spoken.
> > 
> > I always spelled out the two-letter commands: e-d, a-r, l-s, r-m, c-p.
> > chmod I pronounced as ch-mod (not mode), but 'rmdir' was 'remove dir'
> > and for some reason, mv was move. (I think the doc for vi officially
> > stated that the proram's name was to be pronounced v-i and not 'vie'.)
> > 
> > Undoubtedly there were many regional differences... :-)
> > 
> > Arnold

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