usr (as in /usr/local/bin/...) doesn't stand for 'user'. It's short for 'universal system resources'.
Not true, it originally did stand for user. It was generally the mount point with the most storage capacity, etc.
See for example tldp.org/LDP/Linux-Filesystem-Hier...
Argh. That will teach me for picking up my cocktail party trivia from twitter.
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