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What word is associated with UNIX and has no vowels? I already guessed
"C" the programming language. That wasn't correct. Any other ideas?
TIA

   -Phil



 Mon, 15 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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"sync"?  (although technically "y" is a vowel here)

find /usr -exec basename {} \;|egrep -v [aeiouAEIOU]

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 Mon, 15 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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It can't have any "y's" in it either.

   -Phil



 Mon, 15 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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I will tell you if you can find a word in the English language that rhymes with
silver, orange, or month.



 Tue, 16 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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All of them!  bc, dc, wc, fsck, mkfs, df, chgrp, sh, csh, ksh, dd, ls, ln
etc. etc. But, I guess none of these are words (in the dictionary sense),
apart from (say) 'sh' (as in shush!). Or, howabout 'crypt'

I will tell you if you can find a word in the English language that rhymes with
silver, orange, or month.

Tell us!

silver - quicksilver?
orange - syringe, infringe, cringe, fringe
month - millionth, billionth ...

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 Tue, 16 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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        Liver, scrounge and nth. Now lets see you tell him.

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 Tue, 16 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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I was told there is only one answer so it is not a command since that would give you
a lot of options. It also cannot have the letter "y" in it. "Sh" may be a
possibility. Although, in my english dictionary it is spelled "shh."

   -Phil



 Tue, 16 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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How about X, pronounced as ex which I think is also a word but I haven't checked...


 Fri, 19 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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How about X, pronounced as ex which I think is also a word but I haven't checked...


 Fri, 19 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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How about X, pronounced as ex which I think is also a word but I haven't checked...


 Fri, 19 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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How about X, pronounced as ex which I think is also a word but I haven't checked...


 Fri, 19 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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When I gave my answer of "C," I was laughed at. "That's not a word, that's a letter," he
said.

Thanks anywho.

   -Philo



 Fri, 19 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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Hi,

AFAIK, there are no "words" without any vowels, at least if you
consider 'y' a vowel (eg. syzygy would meant a less strict
definition). So, it can't be a "real" word. Therefore, I suggest
"TM", for TradeMark, as in "UNIX (TM)". You don't hear it much
these days, but it used to be so ubiquitous that the company
MtXinu took its name from this pervasive moniker (one used not
to say "unix", rather "unix tee em", in case you incurred the
wrath of Bell Labs/AT&T lawyers (or whoever owned the damn TM).

cheers, m.

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 Sat, 20 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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There are no English words without vowels.  Y is a vowel in words like
my and try.  W is a vowel in words like show and tow.  There are other
languages that allow words without vowels and there are languages like
Hebrew in which the vowels are more like what in English would be an
accent mark and which are often implied, and not shown, in writing.

A pretty ham handed distinction is that vowels are sounds that you
can extend the sound of, like ooooooooooooooooooooh.  Consonants
involve a "sharp" sound that they trails into a vowel if you hold
it, like jaaaaaa or ceeeeeee.

"syzygy" is not a less strict definition, it just uses y as a vowel.

As to the Unix word, I have no idea.  

Will

: Hi,

: AFAIK, there are no "words" without any vowels, at least if you
: consider 'y' a vowel (eg. syzygy would meant a less strict
: definition). So, it can't be a "real" word. Therefore, I suggest

 snip



 Sat, 20 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
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There are words without a, e, i, o, u or y in them. "Nth" is one of them
and "shh" is another. Technically speaking the letter "N" in the word
"nth" is a vowel because it is pronounced "en." The word "shh" has no
vowels, written or pronounced.

I received some more hints today. The hints were "RFC," it's 4 letters
long, and it's not a command.

The clues so far are:

1. A word that is associated with UNIX
2. No vowels (a,e,i,o,u,y)
3. It's not an acronym
4. RFC (request for comments)
5. 4 letters long
6. Not a UNIX command
7. Only alphabet letters (no special characters)

   -Phil



 Sat, 20 Jan 2001 03:00:00 GMT   
 
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