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How do you say... "fsck"?

Have you ever had to boot into single user mode and run fsck?

It's a word we often read and write but rarely say. How would you pronounce it to a co-worker or say it out loud?

So how do you pronounce it?

I asked over 30 software engineers and technical operators exactly that question. Here are a handful of their responses.

There are no agreed upon pronunciations, but here are a handful from wikipedia.

"F-S-C-K", "F-S-check", "fizz-check", "F-sack", "fisk", "fizz-k", "fishcake", "fizik", "F-sick", "F-sock", "F-suck", "F-sek", "feshk", the sibilant "fsk", "fix", "farsk", "fosk" or "fusk".

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