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How do *you* pronounce sudo?

ben profile image Ben Halpern ・1 min read

Not necessarily how it's "supposed" to be pronounced, what do you say? (in your head or aloud)

How do you pronounce sudo?

Discuss: Were you ever taught this by anyone? Have you thought about this much?

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Avalander

Neither, I've aliased sudo to please.

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Gabriel Arazas

please kill me

Yeaaaah, sounds about right.

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Avalander

Useful after a tough day

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Smit Patel

Is this reddit, yet?

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David Brewer

I've never aliased sudo but i always alias python to pythong because I can never type that right

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Matt Moran

I aliased it to fucking.

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CodeCo

please remove recursively and force it irreversibly

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Oleksii Filonenko

Okay, we need a shell framework for rhyming command aliases.

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Fulton Browne

How did you do that?

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Avalander

I added this to my .bashrc file:

alias please='sudo'
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Stephanie Handsteiner

alias please="sudo " in your .bash_profile

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Adam Crockett

That's now on my to-do list 🥰

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nadeeminamdar

You mean "too-doo" or "too-dough", :-) ?

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Jaime 🔥🧙‍♂️🔥

sudo as in s-u-d-o (Spanish pronunciation). It means literally "I sweat".

sudo rm -rf

I sweat as I remove all files from my file system

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Nicolò Rebughini

Came here expecting this, I'm satisfied with the internet once again.

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Tiash

In italian too 😂

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Henry Williams

That's a good one 😂

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🦄N B🛡

Necessito a usar eso con mi compañeros.

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Giuseppe Vetri

Sudo like sudowoodo

Sudowoodo

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ΔNDRΞW

SUDOWOODO shake shake shake shake shake shake

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Arden de Raaij

came here to post the same 💚

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Giuseppe Vetri

Sudowoodo is life 💚

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Alex Pedro

I was hoping to see this in the comments! :D

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Stephen E. Chiang

Man so did I! 😂

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Cécile Lebleu

ssu-ssu-ssudio

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Fred Richards

Phil Collins taught us long ago...

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Yechiel Kalmenson

I pronounce it as "please" 🤗

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Ben Halpern Author

That’s good 🙂

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Sidhant Panda

I've added the following alias

alias please='sudo $(fc -ln -1)'
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So now,

~$ bash ./helloworld
bash: ./helloworld: permission denied
~$ please
Hello World!
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Source twitter.com/zzaaho/status/11608251...

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Martin Wallgren

The previous command can be found in !!

alias please='sudo !!'
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sgcdialler

If only there were a way to change 'permission denied' to 'ask nicely'!

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Muhammad Arslan Aslam

I can say that I've successfully wasted an hour looking to see if this was possible!

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Andrew Bone

Sue Doe sounds like a lovely lady.

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Dan Conn

Sister of Jon though.

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Lars Richter

You are right. Would like to meet her some day. Somehow I think, I would do everything she tells me to do.

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Chad Hudson

That Sue Doe

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Austin S. Hemmelgarn

Habitually like the US English pronunciation of 'pseudo'.

When actually explaining the command to people though, I pronounce it as three syllables, spelling out the first two letters and pronouncing the last two just like the English word 'do', because that's how it breaks down as an acronym (short for 'Switch User and DO', derived from su for 'Switch User').

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mARK bLOORE

linux and MacOSX man su say "substitute user" (though "switch" seems to make more sense). but i'm pretty sure that in the old days it was "superuser", which is the default user to switch to.

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Austin S. Hemmelgarn

It's ambiguous in the original manual (page 17 of bell-labs.com/usr/dmr/www/man13.pdf, which is a scanned version of the original Version 1 UNIX manual), which does mention becoming 'super-user', but only once and not as the command name. I'm a bit too lazy to figure out when it changed from switching to UID 0 to being able to switch to any user, as that's likely to be the first place it's mentioned as switch or substitute.

All I've ever heard people say when talking about it is 'switch' though, probably because that's the mental flow for most people.

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Anton T

I thought it was short for "Super User Do"? 🤔

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Austin S. Hemmelgarn

I've heard people say that, but it's pretty well established that sudo is derived from the old UNIX su command, which is definitely 'switch user'. It just happens that both have the root user as the default user to when a specific user isn't specified and that's the common case, but there's nothing that prevents you from using it to switch to any user (and by default, the root user can use sudo to do so without needing a password).

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Josef Strzibny

No, it's not. It's from su command "switch user". Also check the man page that says "sudo, sudoedit — execute a command as another user".

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Kasey Speakman

Pseudo. I always took it as being a pseudo-superuser if your user account has sudo permission. Also, the two vowels used are different so it feels more natural (to me) to use different sounds between the syllables. I heard it pronounced "pseudo" for years before I heard some random video on the internet pronounce it as "doo". I just took it as that person not knowing any better and felt bad for them. But I guess it is possible that my pronunciation has been wrong or that popular opinion can change what is "right". (Look at gif, where most of the internet disagrees with the creator of the format on pronunciation.)

The "please" meme is kinda funny, but in my mind it builds the wrong mental model of what sudo is for. It is a protection from making mistakes, a design feature to isolate user-level from system-level changes. Not courtesy. Well anyway, I guess there's nothing wrong with having fun with it as long as you know it's actual purpose.

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Josef Strzibny

No, it's not superuser actually. It's from su command "switch user". Also check the man page that says "sudo, sudoedit — execute a command as another user". That means not necessary superuser.

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Kasey Speakman

You are right, the commands are named for "switch user" not "super user". However, I still think of it as pseudo superuser because that is the default user that you switch to with su or sudo and is the way I use it 99% of the time. And "psuedo" also resonates really well with sudo because you aren't fully switching to the other user to execute the command like you do with su. (Still shows up in original user's command history, etc.)

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Kyle Boe

I use soo-doo because it is the compilation of the phonetics from the command's unabbreviated form:

superuser do

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Jérôme Gamez

Non-native speaker here, asking just out of curiosity: if phonetic (assuming English) why isn’t that syou-doo ?🙈

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Kyle Boe

You're totally right. It should be:

superuser do

I just looked it up and "superuser" is one word. I'll correct my original post.

Also, as a native English speaker, I'm sorry the language is so weird.

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Simon Massey

Totally that is what we day ”syou-do” because it's superuser do.

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Josef Strzibny

No, it's not superuser do. It's from su command "switch user". Also check the man page that says "sudo, sudoedit — execute a command as another user".

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Carlos Trapet

Depends on the context. I pronounce it su-dont if followed by rm -rf

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Ryan Palo

soo-DO IT MOTHER TRUCKER.

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Jude Pineda

I very often slip and type (and pronounce) sudo as sagi.

It's because I aliased sudo apt-get install to sagi and it's my most used Linux command.

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Jhinel Arcaya

This is so cool!

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Buzz Zhang

sudo sounds like 速度(sudu) in China, which means speed, hurry up!

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Arden de Raaij

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Like sudowoodo!

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Thomas H Jones II

Was this posted, previously, as a different type of post? Could swear I'd already commented on a similar post a week or so ago.

I wonder how many people intentionally butcher the pronunciation of something just to mess with people (or otherwise to see how many people they can convince, "no, this is the right way,").

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Christian Haas

How about man pages are required to also include the intended pronunciation including IPA key? That would be fun :)

This would also settle stuff like "awk", "chroot", or "nginx"...

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Mike Lockhart

I've tried to "correct" myself and start saying "soo-doo", but I keep doing back to the dough. I think it's because of the Simpsons influence ("duh-oh! Soo dough bang bang'), or maybe because dough rhymes with go.

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Adam K Dean

soo-dough

Were you ever taught this by anyone?

Nope. I read it on the gentoo wiki when I was compiling Linux at the age of 12.

Have you thought about this much?

Not really, but I remember learning sometime in the last decade that it stood for super-user-do, which makes soo-doo make sense, but 20 years of soo-dough makes it unchangeable in my brain.

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Ryan Westlund

Wooooo! soo-dough is in the lead! :D

I was taught -dough at first being introduced to Linux, then my mentor found out it came from "superuser do" and was therefore -doo, but I was too stubborn to change :) Nowadays I still call it -dough just because I think it sounds better.

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nadeeminamdar

I always pronounced it as "soo-dough".. until I realized "soo-doo" is more appropriate as it conveys "do as a super user". I am surprised soo-dough scored so much higher!

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Damir Franusic

Maybe it's su--su

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Jeremy Forsythe

Soo-dough because it rolls off the tongue better and because the *nix geeks my dad hung around with when I was a wee bitty kid in the 80-90s pronounced it that way.

Similarly to how we learned to pronounce gif (JIF) correctly before most of you were out of diapers 🤣

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Todor Todorov

In our country everybody pronounces sudo like judo :)
It is funny for everybody else, but it is how it is here :)

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Robin Kretzschmar

I normally pronounce it "sudoh".
But as I was reading this poll, somehow in my mind I pronounced it funny in a Japanese way like "suuuuzdooo" (imagine a Japanese anime voice) 🤣

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Fred Richards

Kids have Play-Doh.
Adults have Su-Doh.

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Massimo Artizzu

Neither.

soodoh

Phonetically it's [suˈdo]
Accidentally, "sudo" in Italian means "I sweat". Puns usually ensue.

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Richard Lenkovits

In hungarian language "s" is pronounced as "sh" (and "sz" is "s"), so I say it like "shudo" :D

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Dylan Davenport

I looked it up and Sudo is short for “Superuser do” which I didn’t know before. Never thought to look it up 😏 Which leads me to believe it SHOULD be pronounced “soo doo” which is a bummer because it sounds weird so I’ll keep pronouncing it “soo dough”.

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Amara Graham

I imagine I was taught by my first CS professor and she had a VERY strong accent. It took me far too long to realize "struct trees" were actually "structures". 😂

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mARK bLOORE

accents can be fun. i had a math prof who taught us about furrier serious.

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt

Why not saa-daa, for Substitute User Does?

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🦄N B🛡

I pronounce it, "Fran that # sign better not mean you're root just to run journalctl."

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Roelof Jan Elsinga

Am I the only one that didn't know there was another way to pronounce this? I feel a bit silly 😅

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Alan Solitar

It's dough that you sue :)

sue dough

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Victor Homem Heck

as I think that sudo is a abreviation from Super User Do I read as normal Do

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Darryn Dumisani Ph☻enix-92

The same as pseudo
Dough drags it out too long. But it's that sound.

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Meghan (she/her)

This is like 'gif' vs 'jif'. I know it stands for super-user-do but here, the "right" answer is wrong.

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Garrett

I know it's "soo-doo" but I still pronounce it "soo-dough" like the Pokemon Sudowoodo.

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hadderakk

soo-doh or as "judo" if j==s 😜

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Adam Crockett

Like the amaracan colour to color, in programming we all need to stick to conventions regardless of correctness. Besides soo-doo is almost a pokomon woo-doo

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Carlos Magno

Very well, that's a good question. I usually use the Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation, so I think it's more like "soo-dough"

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Dan Conn

I said it like this since learning the command and haven't really thought about it. But I think most people that I work with say it soo-dough too, although there are a few that say soo-doo.

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Nicola Erario

Su d’oh! (cit. Homer Simpson)

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Allen Francis

Jumped ships from soo-dough to soo-do after reading discussion

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Alex Sharp 🛠sharesecret.co

embarassed to admit i call it "soo doo"

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Zahid

I pronounce it like almost the same pronunciation for pseudo.

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