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    Default How to pronounce " Esc and Ctrl ". I read them as Escape and Control. Acceptable?

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    'We’ve started to see numbers of humans pretending to be bots, a strange development that signals a shift in the power and identity politics of the internet.' Photograph: Blutgruppe/zefa/Corbis
    As part of the Esc and Ctrl series, Jon Ronson recently published two videos on Comment is free in which he confronts a spambot version of himself and accuses it of stealing his identity.

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    Default Re: How to pronounce " Esc and Ctrl ". I read them as Escape and Control. Acceptable?

    I would assume so, because those abbreviations are for the meanings "escape" and "control". Those phrases came first, the abbreviations second.

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    Default Re: How to pronounce " Esc and Ctrl ". I read them as Escape and Control. Acceptable?

    I would certainly say that aloud as "Escape and control".

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    Default Re: How to pronounce " Esc and Ctrl ". I read them as Escape and Control. Acceptable?

    And I'd say 'Esc and Control', because keyboard users typically use those words - as in 'the Esc key', and 'Control/Alt/Delete'. But whichever version you use, the meaning will be clear.


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    Default Re: How to pronounce " Esc and Ctrl ". I read them as Escape and Control. Acceptable?

    I say "Alt." I'm not even sure what it's short for. But I do say "Control" and "Escape" as full words. Who knows what "Alt" is actually short for?

    Alternate? as in some sort of "Alternate function" for the key you press with it?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: How to pronounce " Esc and Ctrl ". I read them as Escape and Control. Acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    And I'd say 'Esc and Control', because keyboard users typically use those words - as in 'the Esc key', and 'Control/Alt/Delete'. But whichever version you use, the meaning will be clear.


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    I can honestly say I've never heard anyone pronounce it "Esc"! "Alt" I agree with - in fact I have absolutely no idea what it's an abbreviation of.

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    Default Re: How to pronounce " Esc and Ctrl ". I read them as Escape and Control. Acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I say "Alt." I'm not even sure what it's short for. But I do say "Control" and "Escape" as full words. Who knows what "Alt" is actually short for?

    Alternate? as in some sort of "Alternate function" for the key you press with it?
    Yes, I believe that was the idea. Alternate.

    I just say "alt" as well.

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    Default Re: How to pronounce " Esc and Ctrl ". I read them as Escape and Control. Acceptable?

    Does the Esc key actually do anything?

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    Default Re: How to pronounce " Esc and Ctrl ". I read them as Escape and Control. Acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Does the Esc key actually do anything?
    HAHAHAHA

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    Default Re: How to pronounce " Esc and Ctrl ". I read them as Escape and Control. Acceptable?

    The only thing I know it does is puts your screen back to normal after watching a full-screen film/TV show/video etc.

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