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Re: anyone know the origin of the word 'insn'
- From: Phil Edwards <phil at jaj dot com>
- To: Marty Hauff <marty dot hauff at rmit dot edu dot au>
- Cc: gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org
- Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 18:22:16 -0500
- Subject: Re: anyone know the origin of the word 'insn'
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On Fri, Oct 31, 2003 at 10:13:22AM +1100, Marty Hauff wrote:
> I'm in the process of preparing a research paper describing some work I have been doing with GCC and would like to satisfy myself as to where this name came from? Does any one know? Is it an acronym, abreviation or just someones desire to create a word with one fewer vowel than would be necessary for all of us to know how to pronounce it.
I believe it's an abbreviation for "instruction," and although I've only
read it on screen/paper, never heard it aloud, I pronounce it the same
way as "ensign" when I'm talking to myself.
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