[Samba] Re: OT: Is "Samba" an acronym?

JLB jlb at twu.net
Thu Mar 3 17:09:34 GMT 2005

On Thu, 3 Mar 2005, Gerald (Jerry) Carter wrote:

> JLB wrote:
> | Is Samba an acronym? Below it's written
> | in all-caps (i.e. "SAMBA"). Should it be thus?
> The (true) urban legend is thus:
> $ grep -i ^s.*m.*b.* /usr/share/dict/words

*does that* Well... it's certainly a better name than "Stumble". ;)

> So it is more of a proper noun.

It is as I thought. I've noticed a tendency of many people to assume that
*ANY* technical term of 5 or fewer letters is an acronym, and thus to
write it in allcaps. Examples:

* "MAC" (not as in "MAC address", but as in "Macintosh").
* "SAMBA"...

I do not know why people do this. Ah well, now the record has been set
straight. It's "Samba", not "SAMBA".

J. L. Blank, Systems Administrator, twu.net

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