*NIX Pronunciation Guide

[via Boing Boing]

The Pronunciation Guide for UNIX:

How do I pronounce “vi” , or “!”, or “/*”, or …? You can start a very long and pointless discussion by wondering about this topic on the net. Some people say “vye”, some say “vee-eye” (the vi manual suggests this) and some Roman numerologists say “six”. How you pronounce “vi” has nothing to do with whether or not you are a true Unix wizard.

For the record, I say “vee-eye”, ! is pronounced “bang”, * is “star”, > is “blows”, / is “slash”, and (of course) # is “octothorpe”. OK, just kidding about the last one…it’s really “pound”.

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