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How do you say... "/etc"?

How would you pronounce this file system directory name commonly found on linux and unix-like systems?

Contains system-wide configuration files and system databases; the name stands for et cetera[14] but now a better expansion is editable-text-configurations. Originally also contained "dangerous maintenance utilities" such as init,[6] but these have typically been moved to /sbin or elsewhere. Needs to be on the root filesystem itself.

/etc stands for Et Cetera which is a Latin expression used in English to mean and other (similar) things, or and so forth.

Translated literally from Latin, et means 'and', while cētera means 'the rest'; thus the expression translates to 'and the rest (of such things)'.

But if you had to tell another person to put a file in the /etc directory, how would you say it?

Listen to a few examples from technology professionals on the latest episode of "How Do You Say?"

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"Slash E T C", or phonetically probably something like "e-te-see". I pronounce the letters individually. If the context is clear I may leave out the slash part.

That video surprised me because I don't think I've heard anyone pronounce it diferently than I do. From what I can remember all my colleagues pronounce it the same as me, and it's a word that comes up regularly in my work. Though it may also be partly due to living in a country where we don't speak English natively.

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Pete Cheslock

I really would love to find a broader group of non-native english speakers for another round of this as I think it will be fascinating to see how more people pronounce these terms we rarely say!

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Sergio Holgado

I'm spanish, so for me it's "etcétera"

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Vladas Saulis