[nSLUG] GNU/Linux. Linux Pronunciation.

Richard Bonner ak621 at chebucto.ns.ca
Fri Jan 30 09:20:41 AST 2009

On Fri, 30 Jan 2009, Mike Spencer wrote:

> Richard Bonner <ak621 at chebucto.ns.ca> wrote:
>> ***   I used to call it "lie-nux" because that is the way it is
>> spelled. Then I heard a Torvalds sound byte and with his accent, it
>> comes out as "lee-nux". That is how I say it today.
> Yeah, I have the little sound file too.  AFAICT, he says 
> "LEE-nooks", not "LEE-nucks".

***   Yes, you are correct.

> But prac'ly ever'body says "linn-icks" and articulates neither the 
> "ee" nor the "ooks".

***   Yup.

> Since the common English pronounciation of the name Linus is with a 
> long 'i' (e.g., Linus Pauling), I figger I'm no wronger than the 
> linn-icks people.  Most people don't know what Linux is, anyhow. 
> If the computational cognescenti think I'm old and stupid, that's 
> okay. I don't pronounce TeX the way Knuth wants me to, either.  I'm 
> pretty sure I'm consensus-compliant on "awk".
> - Mike

***   The long `i' comes from the general rule in English that two 
consonants following a vowel makes it short.


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