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April 20th, 2010


I learned something new just yesterday. Amazing, I know!

Apparently when one is talking about a Linux filesystem, the “etc” directory can be pronounced “etsy.” In fact here’s a big list of how to pronounce Linux-related terms. I admit, though, I’m still going to pronounce “etc” as “et cetera.” And “mySQL” as “my-sequel.”

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Leland Witter April 21, 2010, 4:43 pm

In the unix world it has been “etsy” as long as I can remember, and I worked at Bell Labs starting in 1983. Hearing someone say it otherwise would definitely raise a newbie red flag with me. I wouldn’t let anyone saying “et cetera password” near that file.

Paul April 21, 2010, 5:01 pm

I’ve never had any reason to say it out loud, thus, “et cetera” is the way I said it in my head. I might still say it that way when speaking just to bother people. And maybe I’ll go back to saying “LIE-nux” too.

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