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vi: /V-I/, *not* /vi:/ and *never* /siks/ [from
   `Visual Interface'] n. A screen editor crufted together by Bill Joy
   for an early BSD release.  Became the de facto standard
   UNIX editor and a nearly undisputed hacker favorite outside of MIT
   until the rise of EMACS after about 1984.  Tends to frustrate
   new users no end, as it will neither take commands while expecting
   input text nor vice versa, and the default setup provides no
   indication of which mode the editor is in (one correspondent
   accordingly reports that he has often heard the editor's name
   pronounced /vi:l/).  Nevertheless it is still widely used (about
   half the respondents in a 1991 USENET poll preferred it), and even
   EMACS fans often resort to it as a mail editor and for small
   editing jobs (mainly because it starts up faster than the bulkier
   versions of EMACS).  See holy wars.