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  • A is for awk, which runs like a snail, and
  • B is for biff, which reads all your mail.
  • C is for cc, as hackers recall, while
  • D is for dd, the command that does all.
  • E is for emacs, which rebinds your keys, and
  • F is for fsck, which rebuilds your trees.
  • G is for grep, a clever detective, while
  • H is for halt, which may seem defective.
  • I is for indent, which rarely amuses, and
  • J is for join, which nobody uses.
  • K is for kill, which makes you the boss, while
  • L is for lex, which is missing from DOS.
  • M is for more, from which less was begot, and
  • N is for nice, which it really is not.
  • O is for od, which prints out things nice, while
  • P is for passwd, which reads in strings twice.
  • Q is for quota, a Berkeley-type fable, and
  • R is for ranlib, for sorting ar table.
  • S is for spell, which attempts to belittle, while
  • T is for true, which does very little.
  • U is for uniq, which is used after sort, and
  • V is for vi, which is hard to abort.
  • W is for whoami, which tells you your name, while
  • X is, well, X, of dubious fame.
  • Y is for yes, which makes an impression, and
  • Z is for zcat, which handles compression.

-Submitted by Margaret Hudacko-