Remember in those days, heck even in the 80's languages and tools  
(programs) used the shortest names possible because computing power  
and memory were at a premium so even saving one character made a  
difference. Thus we get all these sick little names for Unix tools,  
love them or hate them.
On Mar 8, 2007, at 2:15 AM, Andrew Koenig wrote:

> "Chad Perrin" <perrin / apotheon.com> wrote in message
> news:20070307085933.GB25634 / apotheon.com...
>
>> "Different" would be more like the way bash does it: "elif"
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> Different?
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> Algol 68 spelled it that way in 1967, a spelling that the Bourne Shell
> adopted in Unix in 1977.
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