How do *you* pronounce sudo?

ben profile image Ben Halpern ・1 min read

Not necessarily how it's "supposed" to be pronounced, what do you say? (in your head or aloud)

How do you pronounce sudo?

Discuss: Were you ever taught this by anyone? Have you thought about this much?

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Neither, I've aliased sudo to please.


please kill me

Yeaaaah, sounds about right.


Useful after a tough day

Is this reddit, yet?

I've never aliased sudo but i always alias python to pythong because I can never type that right


please remove recursively and force it irreversibly


Okay, we need a shell framework for rhyming command aliases.


That's now on my to-do list 🥰


You mean "too-doo" or "too-dough", :-) ?


I love this!


How did you do that?


I added this to my .bashrc file:

alias please='sudo'

alias please="sudo " in your .bash_profile


sudo as in s-u-d-o (Spanish pronunciation). It means literally "I sweat".

sudo rm -rf

I sweat as I remove all files from my file system


Came here expecting this, I'm satisfied with the internet once again.


That's a good one 😂


Necessito a usar eso con mi compañeros.


came here to post the same 💚


Sudowoodo is life 💚


SUDOWOODO shake shake shake shake shake shake


I was hoping to see this in the comments! :D


Phil Collins taught us long ago...


I pronounce it as "please" 🤗


That’s good 🙂


I've added the following alias

alias please='sudo $(fc -ln -1)'

So now,

~$ bash ./helloworld
bash: ./helloworld: permission denied
~$ please
Hello World!

Source twitter.com/zzaaho/status/11608251...


The previous command can be found in !!

alias please='sudo !!'

If only there were a way to change 'permission denied' to 'ask nicely'!


I can say that I've successfully wasted an hour looking to see if this was possible!


Sue Doe sounds like a lovely lady.


Sister of Jon though.


You are right. Would like to meet her some day. Somehow I think, I would do everything she tells me to do.


Habitually like the US English pronunciation of 'pseudo'.

When actually explaining the command to people though, I pronounce it as three syllables, spelling out the first two letters and pronouncing the last two just like the English word 'do', because that's how it breaks down as an acronym (short for 'Switch User and DO', derived from su for 'Switch User').


linux and MacOSX man su say "substitute user" (though "switch" seems to make more sense). but i'm pretty sure that in the old days it was "superuser", which is the default user to switch to.


It's ambiguous in the original manual (page 17 of bell-labs.com/usr/dmr/www/man13.pdf, which is a scanned version of the original Version 1 UNIX manual), which does mention becoming 'super-user', but only once and not as the command name. I'm a bit too lazy to figure out when it changed from switching to UID 0 to being able to switch to any user, as that's likely to be the first place it's mentioned as switch or substitute.

All I've ever heard people say when talking about it is 'switch' though, probably because that's the mental flow for most people.


I thought it was short for "Super User Do"? 🤔


I've heard people say that, but it's pretty well established that sudo is derived from the old UNIX su command, which is definitely 'switch user'. It just happens that both have the root user as the default user to when a specific user isn't specified and that's the common case, but there's nothing that prevents you from using it to switch to any user (and by default, the root user can use sudo to do so without needing a password).


No, it's not. It's from su command "switch user". Also check the man page that says "sudo, sudoedit — execute a command as another user".


Pseudo. I always took it as being a pseudo-superuser if your user account has sudo permission. Also, the two vowels used are different so it feels more natural (to me) to use different sounds between the syllables. I heard it pronounced "pseudo" for years before I heard some random video on the internet pronounce it as "doo". I just took it as that person not knowing any better and felt bad for them. But I guess it is possible that my pronunciation has been wrong or that popular opinion can change what is "right". (Look at gif, where most of the internet disagrees with the creator of the format on pronunciation.)

The "please" meme is kinda funny, but in my mind it builds the wrong mental model of what sudo is for. It is a protection from making mistakes, a design feature to isolate user-level from system-level changes. Not courtesy. Well anyway, I guess there's nothing wrong with having fun with it as long as you know it's actual purpose.


No, it's not superuser actually. It's from su command "switch user". Also check the man page that says "sudo, sudoedit — execute a command as another user". That means not necessary superuser.


You are right, the commands are named for "switch user" not "super user". However, I still think of it as pseudo superuser because that is the default user that you switch to with su or sudo and is the way I use it 99% of the time. And "psuedo" also resonates really well with sudo because you aren't fully switching to the other user to execute the command like you do with su. (Still shows up in original user's command history, etc.)


I use soo-doo because it is the compilation of the phonetics from the command's unabbreviated form:

superuser do


Non-native speaker here, asking just out of curiosity: if phonetic (assuming English) why isn’t that syou-doo ?🙈


You're totally right. It should be:

superuser do

I just looked it up and "superuser" is one word. I'll correct my original post.

Also, as a native English speaker, I'm sorry the language is so weird.

Totally that is what we day ”syou-do” because it's superuser do.


No, it's not superuser do. It's from su command "switch user". Also check the man page that says "sudo, sudoedit — execute a command as another user".


I very often slip and type (and pronounce) sudo as sagi.

It's because I aliased sudo apt-get install to sagi and it's my most used Linux command.


Depends on the context. I pronounce it su-dont if followed by rm -rf




Was this posted, previously, as a different type of post? Could swear I'd already commented on a similar post a week or so ago.

I wonder how many people intentionally butcher the pronunciation of something just to mess with people (or otherwise to see how many people they can convince, "no, this is the right way,").


How about man pages are required to also include the intended pronunciation including IPA key? That would be fun :)

This would also settle stuff like "awk", "chroot", or "nginx"...


sudo sounds like 速度(sudu) in China, which means speed, hurry up!


I normally pronounce it "sudoh".
But as I was reading this poll, somehow in my mind I pronounced it funny in a Japanese way like "suuuuzdooo" (imagine a Japanese anime voice) 🤣


Kids have Play-Doh.
Adults have Su-Doh.


I imagine I was taught by my first CS professor and she had a VERY strong accent. It took me far too long to realize "struct trees" were actually "structures". 😂


accents can be fun. i had a math prof who taught us about furrier serious.


In hungarian language "s" is pronounced as "sh" (and "sz" is "s"), so I say it like "shudo" :D




Phonetically it's [suˈdo]
Accidentally, "sudo" in Italian means "I sweat". Puns usually ensue.


Wooooo! soo-dough is in the lead! :D

I was taught -dough at first being introduced to Linux, then my mentor found out it came from "superuser do" and was therefore -doo, but I was too stubborn to change :) Nowadays I still call it -dough just because I think it sounds better.


I looked it up and Sudo is short for “Superuser do” which I didn’t know before. Never thought to look it up 😏 Which leads me to believe it SHOULD be pronounced “soo doo” which is a bummer because it sounds weird so I’ll keep pronouncing it “soo dough”.



Were you ever taught this by anyone?

Nope. I read it on the gentoo wiki when I was compiling Linux at the age of 12.

Have you thought about this much?

Not really, but I remember learning sometime in the last decade that it stood for super-user-do, which makes soo-doo make sense, but 20 years of soo-dough makes it unchangeable in my brain.


Soo-dough because it rolls off the tongue better and because the *nix geeks my dad hung around with when I was a wee bitty kid in the 80-90s pronounced it that way.

Similarly to how we learned to pronounce gif (JIF) correctly before most of you were out of diapers 🤣


In our country everybody pronounces sudo like judo :)
It is funny for everybody else, but it is how it is here :)


I've tried to "correct" myself and start saying "soo-doo", but I keep doing back to the dough. I think it's because of the Simpsons influence ("duh-oh! Soo dough bang bang'), or maybe because dough rhymes with go.


I always pronounced it as "soo-dough".. until I realized "soo-doo" is more appropriate as it conveys "do as a super user". I am surprised soo-dough scored so much higher!


Why not saa-daa, for Substitute User Does?


as I think that sudo is a abreviation from Super User Do I read as normal Do


Am I the only one that didn't know there was another way to pronounce this? I feel a bit silly 😅


I pronounce it, "Fran that # sign better not mean you're root just to run journalctl."


This is like 'gif' vs 'jif'. I know it stands for super-user-do but here, the "right" answer is wrong.


It's dough that you sue :)

sue dough


The same as pseudo
Dough drags it out too long. But it's that sound.


Definitely soo-dough. I am thinking about aliasing sudo to please, however. Guess I’ll see how I like it and then decide whether it’s “soo-dough” or “plee-ze”.


i was confused the first time someone said pseudo to me. that is, after all, a word with no obvious connection to command lines.


ahhhh is ahhh ... soo-dough ... sue-dough cough


It's not superuser actually. It's from su command "switch user". Also check the man page that says "sudo, sudoedit — execute a command as another user". That means not necessary superuser. Root is just a default for the command.


"Sudo Alexa make me a sandwich"


I pronounce sudo the correct way.


Like sumo (well, with the d instead of the m, needless to say...)

My first language is French, which may impact how I pronounce "non words" like that one...


Haha, me too. I am Czech btw.


sudo like judo like you know


In some of the first episodes of Breaking Bad, they were always saying "We need to get Pseudo", which was short for Pseudoephedrine, but I kept thinking it was "sudo" and it confused me.


"Sooo-dough" ... never thought about it, it just seems the natural way to pronounce it if you see it as "just" a word without any connotation to "su" or "do".