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I’ve recently installed GuixSD, a distribution of GNU Linux, on one of my machines. GuixSD‖ is notable for having a number of major components (package manager, init system) written in GNU Guile, an implementation of Scheme, which is itself a dialect of Lisp (formerly LISP)†. But Guix is pronounced /ɡiːks/ (i.e. identically to geeks). Why? The final x of Guix is presumably by analogy to Linux, which was itself produced by analogy to Unix‡, based on the first name of its creator, Linus Torvalds.

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Or, why is the & on the 7 key? Back in ca. 2003, when I was preparing the diplomatic edition of Beowulf for Beowulf on Steorarume (heorot.dk), I noticed the use of what looks like the Arabic numeral ‘7’ for and (Old English ond). Beowulf f.132v: ll.120b-123a /* Left-aligned text in a centered block (does not work in Adobe Digital Editions 1.7) */ .poem { display: table; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; }

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I’m still working on the back-end technology, but hopefully more blog posts should start appearing here soon(ish), acting as a (prettier and less privacy-invading blogspot-ish) continuation of my old linguistics blog, Stæfcræft & Vyākaraṇa. If you’re interested in my musings scribblings on topics outside of natural language, you might visit my other blog, The Neo-Babbage Files. In the meantime, here’s a clever Nepali tongue-twister my wife came up with:p पारसीले परसि फरसि खान्छ रे

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