Can't find similar question in SU.

Anyone knows?

Is it only 3 letter e,t and c?

I can't find similar things in google.

It would be good if someone provide this answer

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    However you want. – Daniel R Hicks Jul 30 '13 at 11:21
  • This question appears to be off-topic because it is about English language and usage, not particularly related to computer software, and primarily opinion-based. – slhck Jul 30 '13 at 11:31
  • @slhck Can you migrate the question to english.stackexchange.com? It's a valuable question. – nixda Aug 1 '13 at 4:47
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    @nixda No, sorry. It's still entirely based on personal preference ("I pronounce it like this: …", "I've always heard people say …", etc.) – slhck Aug 1 '13 at 5:44
  • @shlck: This is not an English language question, because it seems that the name of the /etc directory (present in every UNIX and Linux system, independently from localization) is frequently pronounced differently than the corresponding English word "etc.". – Hontvári Levente May 14 '14 at 14:21

There is no official pronunciation. It is an abbreviation for "et cetera" and used as for system-wide configuration files and system databases.

Everyone I know pronounces it "et see"

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    so should be "e" "t" "see", right? – Kit Ho Jul 30 '13 at 4:52
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    @KitHo, no 'et' is one sound. 'et-see' is two syllables. – Frank Thomas Jul 30 '13 at 4:55
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    Like that Arts 'n Crafts website Etsy... Which is where it came from. – Fiasco Labs Jul 30 '13 at 4:59
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    Or if you are Finnish, "ee-tee-see" :) – Juha Untinen Jul 30 '13 at 9:09
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    "et cetera" in the UK – Nick Jul 30 '13 at 10:20

Everyone I know who is non native English speaking say "slash ee tee cee", otherwise, looks like there is no consensus ...

  • Interesting.... – Thomas Jul 30 '13 at 10:22
  • I know several people from England and Holland who pronounce it "etsy" however I dont remember if they said that from the time the came to America. I know we used to make fun of them for saying "rooter" for router. They eventually switched to the American pronunciation. – Keltari Jul 30 '13 at 13:58
  • @Keltari: pronouncing router as "rooter" is perfectly acceptable. The reason is that route is pronounced "root" in british english; there is no pronunciative distinction between root and route in british english. As it stands: rowter is A.E. while rooter is B.E. but both are acceptable in their own right. – klaar Dec 14 '17 at 15:06

Everywhere I have been has said "et cetera" or "E T C" never heard of "et see".

NB - also it can be said 'X cetera'.

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    Everyone I know says "et cetera". – Nick Jul 30 '13 at 10:20
  • @Nick Never heard "et cetera" in that context. Do you really mean you hear sentences like "The configuration file is in et cetera" ? That sounds very odd to me. – jlliagre Jul 30 '13 at 20:19
  • @jlliagre As in "The file is in "slash et cetera" ie /etc since you write et cetera as etc. – Nick Jul 31 '13 at 7:16
  • @jlliagr yes just as in your sentence. Edit the smb.conf in your "et cetera" config directory, for example. – David Allan Finch Jul 31 '13 at 8:26
  • @Nick and David, Interesting. I'm used to "slash user vs you ess er" and "slash temp vs tee em pee" but never heard (or more probably just didn't notice) "slash et cetera". – jlliagre Jul 31 '13 at 8:40

Purely anecdotal, but

  • all the North Americans I know say 'et-see' (with emphasis on the first syllable)
  • all the British people I know say 'ee - tee - see'
  • all the non-native English speakers I know use either one of the above, or try to make it into a word. Commonly heard is 'eat - see'.

Sometimes people say 'slash' beforehand depending on context and audience.

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    I've only ever heard a couple of North Americans say "etsee" most say "e-t-c" or sometimes more technical people will say "et cetera" but I think maybe the Linux/BSD users I'm around are older and it may be generational, as "etsee" I've only ever heard from 20-something Ubuntu users here in North America, and only in the last 6 - 8 years or so. I'm pretty out of touch with reality in general though ;) – simontemplar Feb 1 '15 at 13:12
  • I'm 31, from the U.S., and would never have thought to say 'etsee'. I've always said 'ee tee see'. Then again, most of my 'conversations' about linux have been confined to writing. – Casey Jones Jan 11 '16 at 10:17

Its as simple - slash 'e' 't' 'c'

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