Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 17:11 UTC, submitted by linuxmag
Linux "Btrfs holds the promise of giving Linux many enterprise class file system features similar to ZFS but with even more features and better performance. In fact, many Linux experts think that btrfs is one of the keys to the future of Linux. While btrfs is not quite ready to be your only file system, it is in the kernel ready for testing and is still undergoing very heavy development. In this article we will introduce the key features of btrfs find out how it compares to existing file systems."
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RE[3]: BetterFS
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 20:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: BetterFS"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

You completely missed the point of my post.

You asked why the pronunciation "butter" stuck instead of "better" - not which of the two is more fitting or preferred by the author, or what makes more sense.

I'm simply stating that a very logical reason why "butter" sticks (...) is because of the phonology of English; ask any random English-speaking person in the UK or the US to pronounce "btr" as one word (instead of spelling it out), they'll say something like "butr", simply because the phonology of English leads to people adding a closed back rounded vowel ("u") between a voiced bilabial plosive ("b") and a voicless alveolar plosive ("t").

Why? It's more logical if you look at the shape of the mouth and tongue going from "b" to "t". Adding an "e" between the "b" and a "t" requires slightly more effort. Phonology is fun, isn't it? ;)

My remark about common knowledge was obviously in jest.

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RE[4]: BetterFS
by sbergman27 on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 20:17 in reply to "RE[3]: BetterFS"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

You completely missed the point of my post.

At first, yes. After I posted, it occurred to me that sans the "Common knowledge" remark, you might have been sincerely answering the question I posed.

Although I will reiterate that I find "Better" to be the easier and more natural pronunciation. (As well as the more marketable one, and the one preferred by the author.) However, people with different native languages find various different pronunciations of English words to be more natural. So I suppose that a vowel-less sequence of 3 letters might have a wide range of interpretation internationally.

On a slightly tangential topic, I had a friend, years ago, who used to correct me when I used the word "pronunciation", insisting that it was pronounced "pronounciation". It was so ironic, that I only ever tried once to set him straight. He didn't believe me.

Edited 2009-04-22 20:20 UTC

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RE[4]: BetterFS
by Drumhellar on Thu 23rd Apr 2009 06:48 in reply to "RE[3]: BetterFS"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Why do people keep saying "butter sticks"?

It's "sticks of butter," i.e. I need a couple sticks of butter for this cake I'm baking.

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RE[5]: BetterFS
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 23rd Apr 2009 07:13 in reply to "RE[4]: BetterFS"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Why do people keep saying "butter sticks"?

It's "sticks of butter," i.e. I need a couple sticks of butter for this cake I'm baking.


I was using sticks as a verb...

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