Proper Noun

  • A Unix scripting language or the command line interface itself.


  • From Middle English, from Old Norse ǫfugr, ǫfigr, afigr (whence Danish avet ("backwards"), Swedish avig ("turned backwards")), from Proto-Germanic *abuhaz. Cognate with German äbich, Gothic 𐌹𐌱𐌿𐌺𐍃 ("turned back"). Akin to Sanskrit अपाच् ("turned away") . Compare dialectal Danish ave ("to turn"), Icelandic öfga ("to reverse").
  • From the initial letters of the surnames of its authors: Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger, and Brian Kernighan.

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