Small Proposal "!in"

Alex Vincent ajvincent at
Wed Jul 11 15:51:28 UTC 2018

In Linux programming, #!/bin/bash is very commonly the first line of a
shell script. In Python, we have #!/bin/python, or #!/bin/perl.  The #!
characters are pronounced "she-bang", because # is pronounced "hash" and !
is pronounced "bang".

On Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 8:47 AM, Ben Wiley <therealbenwiley at>

> I find the juxtaposition of a symbol operator against an English operator
> a bit odd, but I think most English speakers pronounce "!" as "not" so you
> might not have so much to worry about..
> Le mer. 11 juill. 2018 11 h 24, Alex Vincent <ajvincent at> a
> écrit :
>> Also, there's the little matter of pronunciation.  I admit to a bit of
>> snarkiness when I first saw this proposal, but I didn't expect it to have
>> any traction.  So I'll just say it:  do we really want JavaScript to be a
>> "bangin' " language?
>> Alex
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