Deprecated Linux networking commands and their replacements

Deprecated Linux networking commands and their replacements


In  article detailing the command line utilities available for configuring and troubleshooting network properties on Windows and Linux, I mentioned some Linux tools that, while still included and functional in many Linux distributions, are actually considered deprecated and therefore should be phased out in favor of more modern replacements.
Specifically, the deprecated Linux networking commands in question are: arp, ifconfigiptunnel, iwconfig, nameif, netstat, and route. These programs (except iwconfig) are included in the net-tools package that has been unmaintained for years. The functionality provided by several of these utilities has been reproduced and improved in the new iproute2 suite, primarily by using its new ip command. The iproute2 software code is available from Iproute2 documentation is available from the Linux Foundation and

Deprecated command

Replacement command(s)

arp ip n (ip neighbor)
ifconfig ip a (ip addr), ip link, ip -s (ip -stats)
iptunnel ip tunnel
iwconfig iw
nameif ip link, ifrename
netstat ss, ip route (for netstat-r), ip -s link (for netstat -i), ip maddr (for netstat-g)
route ip r (ip route)
Now let’s take a closer look at these deprecated commands and their replacements.

This article will not focus on iproute2 or the ip command in detail; instead it will simply give one-to-one mappings between the deprecated commands and their new counterparts. For replacement commands that are listed as ‘not apparent’, please contact me if you know otherwise.
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Please note that nslookup and dig are covered separately here.


Deprecated arp commands


arp -a [host] or --all [host]
Shows the entries of the specified host name or IP address. If the [host] parameter is not used, all entries will be displayed.
ip n (or ip neighbor), or ip n show
arp -d [ip_addr] or --delete [ip_addr]
Removes the ARP cache entry for the specified host.
ip n del [ip_addr] (this “invalidates” neighbor entries)
ip n f [ip_addr]
(or ip n flush [ip_addr])
arp -D or --use-device
Uses the hardware address associated with the specified interface.
Not apparent
arp -e
Shows the entries in default (Linux) style.
Not apparent
arp -f [filename] or --file [filename]
Similar to the -s option, only this time the address info is taken from the file that [filename] set up. If no [filename] is specified, /etc/ethers is used as default.
Not apparent
arp -H or --hw-type [type] or -t [type]
When setting or reading the ARP cache, this optional parameter tells arp which class of entries it should check for. The default value of this parameter is ether (i.e. hardware code 0x01 for IEEE 802.3 10Mbps Ethernet).
Not apparent
arp -i [int] or --device [int]
Selects an interface. When dumping the ARP cache only entries matching the specified interface will be printed. For example, arp -i eth0 -s A321.ABCF.321A creates a static ARP entry associating IP address with MAC address A321.ABCF.321A on eth0.
ip n [add | chg | del | repl] dev [name]
arp -n or --numeric
Shows IP addresses instead of trying to determine domain names.
Not apparent
arp -s [ip_addr] [hw_addr] or --set [ip_addr]
Manually creates a static ARP address mapping entry for host [ip_addr] with the hardware address set to [hw_addr].
ip n add [ip_addr] lladdr [mac_address] dev [device] nud [nud_state] (see example below)
arp -v
Uses verbose mode to provide more details.
ip -s n (or ip -stats n)
Some ip neighbor examples are as follows:
# ip n del dev eth0
Invalidates the ARP cache entry for host on device eth0.
# ip neighbor show dev eth0
Shows the ARP cache for interface eth0.
# ip n add lladdr 1:2:3:4:5:6 dev eth0 nud perm
Adds a “permanent” ARP cache entry for host device eth0. The Neighbor Unreachability Detection (nud) state can be one of the following:
  • noarp – entry is valid. No attempts to validate this entry will be made but it can be removed when its lifetime expires.
  • permanent – entry is valid forever and can be only be removed administratively.
  • reachable – entry is valid until the reachability timeout expires.
  • stale – entry is valid but suspicious.


Deprecated ifconfig commands


Displays details on all network interfaces.
ip a (or ip addr)
ifconfig [interface]
The name of the interface. This is usually a driver name followed by a unit number; for example, eth0 for the first Ethernet interface. Eth0 will usually be a PC’s primary network interface card (NIC).
ip a show dev [interface]
ifconfig [address_family]
To enable the interpretation of differing naming schemes used by various protocols, [address_family] is used for decoding and displaying all protocol addresses. Currently supported address families include inet (TCP/IP, default), inet6 (IPv6), ax25 (AMPR Packet Radio), ddp (Appletalk Phase 2), ipx (Novell IPX) and netrom (AMPR Packet radio).
ip -f [family] a
can be inet (IPv4), inet6 (IPv6), or link. Additionally, -4 = -f inet and -6 = -f inet6.
ifconfig [interface] add [address/prefixlength
Adds an IPv6 address to the [interface].
ip a add [ip_addr/mask] dev [interface]
ifconfig [interface] address [address]
Assigns the specified IP [address] to the specified [interface].
ip a add [ip_addr/mask] dev [interface]
ifconfig [interface] allmulti or -allmulti
Enables or disables all-multicast mode. If selected, all multicast packets on the network will be received by the [interface] specified. This enables or disables the sending of incoming frames to the kernel’s network layer.
ip mr iif [name] or ip mroute iif [name], where [name] is the interface on which multicast packets are received.
ifconfig [interface] arp or -arp
Enables or disables the use of the ARP protocol on this [interface].
ip link set arp on or arp off
ifconfig [interface] broadcast [address]
Specifies the address to use to use for broadcast transmissions. By default, the broadcast address for a subnet is the IP address with all ones in the host portion of the subnet address (i.e., a.b.c.255 for a /24 subnet).
ip a add broadcast [ip_address]
ip link set dev [interface] broadcast [mac_address] (sets the link layer broadcast address)
ifconfig [interface] del [address/prefixlength]
Removes an IPv6 address from the [interface], such as eth0.
ip a del [ipv6_addr or ipv4_addr] dev [interface]
ifconfig [interface] down
Disables the [interface], such as eth0.
ip link set dev [interface] down
ifconfig [interface] hw [class] [address]
Sets the hardware (MAC) address of this [interface], if the device driver supports this operation. The keyword must be followed by the name of the hardware [class] and the printable ASCII equivalent of the hardware address. Hardware classes currently supported include ether (Ethernet), ax25 (AMPR AX.25), ARCnet and netrom (AMPR NET/ROM).
ip link set dev [interface] address [mac_addr]
ifconfig [interface] io_addr [address]
Sets the start [address] in I/O space for this device.
Not apparent; possibly ethtool.
ifconfig [interface] irq [address]
Sets the interrupt line used by the network interface.
Not apparent; possibly ethtool.
ifconfig [interface] mem_start [address]
Sets the start address for shared memory of the interface.
Not apparent; possibly ethtool.
ifconfig [interface] media [type]
Sets physical port or medium type. Examples of [type] are 10baseT, 10base2, and AUI. A [type] value of auto will tell the interface driver to automatically determine the media type (driver support for this command varies).
Not apparent; possibly ethtool.
ifconfig [interface] mtu [n]
Sets the Maximum Transfer Unit (MTU) of an interface to [n].
ip link set dev [interface] mtu [n]
ifconfig [interface] multicast
Sets the multicast flag on the interface (should not normally be needed as the drivers set the flag correctly themselves).
ip link set dev [interface] multicast on or off
ifconfig [interface] netmask [mask_address]
Sets the subnet mask (not the IP address) for this [interface]. This value defaults to the standard Class A, B, or C subnet masks (based on the interface IP address) but can be changed with this command.
Not apparent
ifconfig [interface] pointopoint or -pointopoint
Enables or disables point-to-point mode on this [interface].
not apparent; possibly ipppd [device]. The command ip a add peer [address] specifies the address of the remote endpoint for point-to-point interfaces.
ifconfig [interface] promisc or -promisc
Enables or disables promiscuous mode on the [interface].
ip link set dev [interface] promisc on or off
ifconfig [interface] txquelen [n]
Sets the transmit queue length on the [interface]. Smaller values are recommended for connections with high latency (i.e., dial-up modems, ISDN, etc).
ip link set dev [interface] txqueuelen [n] or txqlen [n]
ifconfig [interface] tunnel [address]
Creates a Simple Internet Transition (IPv6-in-IPv4) device which tunnels to the IPv4 [address] provided.
ip tunnel mode sit (other possible modes are ipip and gre).
ifconfig [interface] up
Activates (enables) the [interface] specified.
ip link set [interface] up
Some examples illustrating the ip command are as follows; using the table above you should be able to figure out what they do.
# ip link show dev eth0

# ip a add dev eth0

# ip link set dev eth0 up

# ip link set dev eth0 mtu 1500

# ip link set dev eth0 address 00:70:b7:d6:cd:ef


Deprecated iptunnel commands


iptunnel [add | change | del | show] ip tunnel a or add
ip tunnel chg or change
ip tunnel d or del
ip tunnel ls or show
iptunnel add [name] [mode {ipip | gre | sit} ] remote [remote_addr] local [local_addr] ip tunnel add [name] [mode {ipip | gre | sit | isatap | ip6in6 | ipip6 | any }] remote [remote_addr] local [local_addr]
iptunnel -V or --version not apparent
The syntax between iptunnel and ip tunnel is very similar as these examples show.
# [iptunnel | ip tunnel] add ipip-tunl1 mode ipip remote (ipip-tunl1 is the name of the tunnel, is the IP address of the remote endpoint).

# [iptunnel | ip tunnel] add ipi-tunl2 mode ipip remote local ttl 1

# [iptunnel | ip tunnel] add gre-tunl1 mode gre remote local ttl 255
Iptunnel is covered in more depth here.


Iwconfig’s successor, iw, is still in development. Official documentation for iw is available here and here.

Deprecated iwconfig commands


Displays basic details about wireless interfaces, such as supported protocols (802.11a/b/g/n), Extended Service Set ID (ESSID), mode, and access point. To view these details about a particular interface, use iwconfig [interface] where the interface is the device name, such as wlan0.
iw dev [interface] link
iwconfig [interface] ap [address]
Forces the wireless adapter to register with the access point given by the [address], if possible. This address is the cell identity of the access point (as reported by wireless scanning) which may be different from its MAC address.
Not apparent
iwconfig commit
Some wireless adapters may not apply changes immediately (they may wait to aggregate the changes, or apply them only when the card is brought up via ifconfig). This command (when available) forces the adapter to immediately apply all pending changes.
Not apparent
iwconfig [interface] essid [name]
Connects to the WLAN with the ESSID [name] provided. With some wireless adapters, you can disable the ESSID checking (ESSID promiscuous) with off or any (and on to re-enable it).
iw [interface] connect [name]
iwconfig [interface] frag [num]
Sets the maximum fragment size which is always lower than the maximum packet size. This parameter may also control Frame Bursting available on some wireless adapters (the ability to send multiple IP packets together). This mechanism would be enabled if the fragment size is larger than the maximum packet size. Other valid frag parameters to auto, on, and off.
Not apparent
iwconfig [interface] [freq | channel]
Sets the operating frequency or channel on the wireless device. A value below 1000 indicates a channel number, a value greater than 1000 is a frequency in Hz. You can append the suffix k, M or G to the value (for example, “2.46G” for 2.46 GHz frequency). You may also use off or auto to let the adapter pick up the best channel (when supported).
iw dev [interface] set freq [freq] [HT20|HT40+|HT40-]
iw dev [interface] set channel [chan] [HT20|HT40+|HT40-]
iwconfig [interface] key [key] [mode] [on | off]
To set the current encryption [key], just enter the key in hex digits as XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX or XXXXXXXX. You can also enter the key as an ASCII string by using the s: prefix. On and off re=enable and disable encryption. The security mode may be open or restricted, and its meaning depends on the card used. With most cards, in open mode no authentication is used and the card may also accept non-encrypted sessions, whereas in restricted mode only encrypted sessions are accepted and the card will use authentication if available.
iw [interface] connect [name] keys [key] (for WEP)
To connect to an AP with WPA or WPA2 encryption, you must use wpa_supplicant.
iwconfig [interface] mode [mode]
Sets the operating mode of the wireless device. The [mode] can be Ad-Hoc, Auto, Managed, Master, Monitor, Repeater, or Secondary.
: the network is composed of only one cell and without an access point.
Managed: the wireless node connects to a network composed of many access points, with roaming.
Master: the wireless node is the synchronization master, or it acts as an access point.
Monitor: the wireless node is not associated with any cell and passively monitors all packets on the frequency.
Repeater: the wireless node forwards packets between other wireless nodes.
Secondary: the wireless node acts as a backup master/repeater.
Not apparent
iwconfig [interface] modu [modulation]
Forces the wireless adapter to use a specific set of modulations. Modern adapters support various modulations, such as 802.11b or 802.11g. The list of available modulations depends on the adapter/driver and can be displayed using iwlist modulation. Some options are 11g, CCK OFDMa, and auto.
Not apparent
iwconfig [interface] nick [name]
Sets the nick name (or station name).
Not apparent
iwconfig [interface] nwid [name]
Sets the Network ID for the WLAN. This parameter is only used for pre-802.11 hardware as the 802.11 protocol uses the ESSID and access point address for this function. With some wireless adapters, you can disable the Network ID checking (NWID promiscuous) with off (and on to re-enable it).
Not apparent
iwconfig [interface] power [option]
iwconfig [interface] power min | max [secondsu | secondsm]
iwconfig [interface] power mode [mode]
iwconfig [interface] power on | off
Configures the power management scheme and mode. Valid [options] are: period [value] (sets the period between wake ups), timeout [value] (sets the timeout before going back to sleep), saving [value] (sets the generic level of power saving).
The min and max modifiers are in seconds by default, but append the suffices m or u to specify values in milliseconds or microseconds.
Valid [mode] options are: all (receive all packets), unicast (receive unicast packets only, discard multicast and broadcast) and multicast (receive multicast and broadcast only, discard unicast packets).
On and off re-enable or disable power management.
Not apparent; some power commands are:
iw dev [interface] set power_save on
iw dev [interface] get power_save
iwconfig [interface] rate/bit [rate]
Sets the bit rate in bits per second for cards supporting multiple bit rates. The bit-rate is the speed at which bits are transmitted over the medium, the user speed of the link is lower due to medium sharing and various overhead.Suffixes k, M or G can be added to the numeric [rate] (decimal multiplier : 10^3, 10^6 and 10^9 b/s), or add ‘0‘ for enough. The [rate] can also be auto to select automatic bit-rate mode (fallback to lower rate on noisy channels), or fixed to revert back to fixed setting. If you specify a bit-rate numeric value and append auto, the driver will use all bit-rates lower and equal than this value.
iw [interface] set bitrates legacy-2.4 12 18 24
iwconfig [interface] retry [option] [value]
To set the maximum number of retries (MAC retransmissions), enter limit [value]. To set the maximum length of time the MAC should retry, enter lifetime [value]. By default, this value is in seconds; append the suffices m or u to specify values in milliseconds or microseconds. You can also add the short, long, min and max modifiers.
Not apparent
iwconfig [interface] rts [threshold]
Sets the size of the smallest packet for which the node sends RTS; a value equal to the maximum packet size disables the mechanism. You may also set the threshold parameter to auto, fixed or off.
Not apparent
iwconfig [interface] sens [threshold]
Sets the sensitivity threshold (defines how sensitive the wireless adapter is to poor operating conditions such as low signal, signal interference, etc). Modern adapter designs seem to control these thresholds automatically.
Not apparent
iwconfig [interface] txpower [value]
For adapters supporting multiple transmit powers, this sets the transmit power in dBm. If W is the power in Watt, the power in dBm is P = 30 + 10.log(W). If the [value] is postfixed by mW, it will be automatically converted to dBm. In addition, on and off enable and disable the radio, and auto and fixed enable and disable power control (if those features are available).
iw dev [interface] set txpower [auto | fixed | |limit] [tx power in mBm]
iw phy [phyname] set txpower [auto | fixed | limit] [tx power in mBm]
iwconfig --help
Displays the iwconfig help message.
iw help
iwconfig --version
Displays the version of iwconfig installed.
iw --version
Some examples of the iw command syntax are as follows.
# iw dev wlan0 link

# iw wlan0 connect CoffeeShopWLAN

# iw wlan0 connect HomeWLAN keys 0:abcde d:1:0011223344
(for WEP)


Deprecated nameif commands


nameif [name] [mac_address]
If no name and MAC address are provided, it attempts to read addresses from /etc/mactab. Each line of mactab should contain an interface name and MAC address (or comments starting with #).
ip link set dev [interface] name [name]
ifrename -i [interface] -n [newname]
nameif -c [config_file]
Reads from [config_file] instead of /etc/mactab.
ifrename -c [config_file]
nameif -s
Error messages are sent to the syslog.
Not apparent


Deprecated netstat commands


netstat -a or --all
Shows both listening and non-listening sockets.
ss -a or --all
netstat -A [family] or --protocol=[family]
Specifies the address families for which connections are to be shown. [family] is a comma separated list of address family keywords like inet, unix, ipx, ax25, netrom, and ddp. This has the same effect as using the --inet, --unix (-x), --ipx, --ax25, --netrom, and --ddp options.
ss -f [family] or –family=[family]
Families: unix, inet, inet6, link, netlink.
netstat -c or --continuous
Configures netstat to refresh the displayed information every second until stopped.
Not apparent
netstat -C
Prints routing information from the route cache.
ip route list cache
netstat -e or --extend
Displays an increased level of detail. Can be entered as twice (as --ee) for maximum details.
ss -e or --extended
netstat -F
Prints routing information from the forward information database (FIB).
Not apparent
netstat -g or --groups
Displays multicast group membership information for IPv4 and IPv6.
ip maddr, ip maddr show [interface]
netstat -i or --interface=[name]
Displays a table of all network interfaces, or the specified [name].
ip -s link
netstat -l or --listening
Shows only listening sockets (which are omitted by netstat be default).
ss -l or --listening
netstat -M or --masquerade
Displays a list of masqueraded connections (connections being altered by Network Address Translation).
Not apparent
netstat -n or --numeric
Show numerical addresses instead of trying to determine symbolic host, port or user names (skips DNS translation).
ss -n or --numeric
netstat --numeric-hosts
Shows numerical host addresses but does not affect the resolution of port or user names.
Not apparent
netstat --numeric ports
Shows numerical port numbers but does not affect the resolution of host or user names.
Not apparent
netstat --numeric-users
Shows numerical user IDs but does not affect the resolution of host or port names.
Not apparent
netstat -N or --symbolic
Displays the symbolic host, port, or user names instead of numerical representations. Netstat does this by default.
ss -r or --resolve
netstat -o or --timers
Includes information related to networking timers.
ss -o or --options
netstat -p or --program
Shows the process ID (PID) and name of the program to which each socket belongs.
ss -p
netstat -r or --route
Shows the kernel routing tables.
ip route, ip route show all
netstat -s or --statistics
Displays summary statistics for each protocol.
ss -s
netstat -t or --tcp
Filters results to display TCP only.
ss -t or --tcp
netstat -T or --notrim
Stops trimming long addresses.
Not apparent
netstat -u or --udp
Filters results to display UDP only.
ss -u or --udp
netstat -v or --verbose
Produces verbose output.
Not apparent
netstat -w or --raw
Filter results to display raw sockets only.
ss-w or --raw
netstat -Z or --context
Prints the SELinux context if SELinux is enabled. On hosts running SELinux, all processes and files are labeled in a way that represents security-relevant information. This information is called the SELinux context.
Not apparent


Deprecated route commands


Displays the host’s routing tables.
ip route
route -A [family] [add] or route --[family] [add]
Uses the specified address family with add or del. Valid families are inet (DARPA Internet), inet6 (IPv6), ax25 (AMPR AX.25), netrom (AMPR NET/ROM), ipx (Novell IPX), ddp (Appletalk DDP), and x25 (CCITT X.25).
ip -f [family] route
[family] can be inet (IP), inet6 (IPv6), or link. Additionally, -4 = -f inet and -6 = -f inet6.
route -C or --cache
Operates on the kernel’s routing cache instead of the forwarding information base (FIB) routing table.
Not apparent; ip route show cache dumps the routing cache.
route -e or -ee
Uses the netstat-r format to display the routing table. -ee will generate a very long line with all parameters from the routing table.
ip route show
route -F or --fib
Operates on the kernel’s Forwarding Information Base (FIB) routing table (default behavior).
Not apparent
route -h or --help
Prints the help message.
ip route help
route -n
Shows numerical IP addresses and bypass host name resolution.
Not apparent
route -v or --verbose
Enables verbose command output.
ip -s route
route -V or --version
Dispays the version of net-tools and the route command.
ip -V
route add or del
Adds or delete a route in the routing table.
ip route [add | chg | repl | del] [ip_addr] via [ip_addr]
route [add or del] dev [interface]
Associates a route with a specific device. If dev [interface] is the last option on the command line, the word dev may be omitted.
ip route [add | chg | repl | del] dev [interface]
route [add or del] [default] gw [gw]
Routes packets through the specified gateway IP address.
ip route add default via [gw]
route [add or del] -host
Specifies that the target is a host (not a network).
Not apparent
route [add or del] -irtt [n]
Sets the initial round trip time (IRTT) for TCP connections over this route to [n] milliseconds (1-12000). This is typically only used on AX.25 networks. If omitted the RFC 1122 default of 300ms is used.
Not apparent; ip route [add | chg | repl | del] rtt [number] sets the RTT estimate; rttvar [number] sets the initial RTT variance estimate.
route [add or del] -net
Specifies that the target is a network (not a host).
Not apparent
route [add or del] [-host or -net] netmask [mask]
Sets the subnet [mask].
Not apparent
route [add or del] metric [n]
Sets the metric field in the routing table (used by routing daemons) to the value of [n].
ip route [add | chg | repl | del] metric [number] or preference [number]
route [add or del] mod, dyn, or reinstate
Install a dynamic or modified route. These flags are for diagnostic purposes, and are generally only set by routing daemons.
Not apparent
route [add or del] mss [bytes]
Sets the TCP Maximum Segment Size (MSS) for connections over this route to the number of [bytes] specified.
ip route [add | chg | repl | del] advmss [number] (the MSS to advertise to these destinations when establishing TCP connections).
route [add or del] reject
Installs a blocking route, which will force a route lookup to fail. This is used to mask out networks before using the default route. This is not intended to provide firewall functionality.
ip route add prohibit [network_addr]
route [add or del] window [n]
Set the TCP window size for connections over this route to the value of [n] bytes. This is typically only used on AX.25 networks and with drivers unable to handle back-to-back frames.
ip route [add | chg | repl | del] window [W]
Some examples of ip route command syntax are as follows.
# ip route add via

# ip route del via dev eth0

# ip route chg default via dev eth1

# ip route get [ip_address]
(shows the interface and gateway that would be used to reach a remote host. This command would be especially useful for troubleshooting routing issues on hosts with large routing tables and/or with multiple network interfaces).


This article and the topic of deprecated Linux networking commands has generated much interesting commentary on Reddit.


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pulseaudio -D 

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leafpad .bashrc 
add   pulseaudio -D at end of line.

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Why do we have the letter "C" in English?

Why do we have the letter "C" in English?

Have you ever wondered why we have the letter “C”, which doesn’t have a sound of its own but borrows from “K” and “S”? Curious about that I got this great book on the history of our alphabet called Language Visible: Unraveling the Mystery of the Alphabet From A to Z, by David Sacks. I refer to information from that book and my own knowledge of language. (It’s a hobby of mine to study it.)

“C” is more common than “K” by the way. I know that from my job at a reading school and my own research. “C” is most often pronounced like “K” but borrows from “S” when it’s followed by “I, e,” or “y” (an exception being the word soccer). Really the only unique contribution “C” makes to our language is when it’s paired with “H” as in “ch” (but can sound like “K” in words of Greek origin: anchor, or “sh” in words of French origin: chef). Occasionally it breaks the rules when paired with “E” or “I” as in “ocean” or “glacier”.

Sometimes it’s silent: muscle.

“C” and “G” are very closely related. Not just in shape, of course, but in sound as well. Physically, the tongue moves the same way to produce both sounds. The difference is that “G” is voiced, and “C” is not (the vocal chords vibrate to produce the noisy “G” sound). “G” also can turn soft (make the “J” sound) when “I,e” and “Y” come after it (but it doesn’t have to).

Alphabets came from previous alphabets, borrowing letters. The first was Egyptian, and going down the branch that led to English, next came the Phoenician alphabet, then the Greek, then the Etruscan, and then the Roman, whose letters we use.

3,000 years ago, Phoenician’s alphabet had “G” as the third letter. “C” wasn’t around yet. The Greeks copied their alphabet and brought it to Italy. The Etruscans there had no “G” sound, apparently. Their nearest sound to it was “K”. (So they didn’t need Greek’s third letter “G” [gamma]). They had “K” and “Q”. Sources show that the Etruscans kept gamma in third place in the alphabet but used it to represent the sound “k”.  The shape of the letter went through changes, and the Etruscans stopped using the Greek name gamma and went to something similar to “kay”. They might have said the spelling was “C-E” (long e sound).

Romans, Latin speakers, probably didn’t like the Etruscan alphabet with three letters making a “K” sound and none for “G”. They made their own letter for “G” and used “C” more often than “K”. Still “C” only represented the “K” sound. (It’s interesting to note, according the book mentioned above, that Caesar was pronounced like “Kye-sar”.)

When did “C” start borrowing from “S”? In later Roman times. Everyday Latin speakers began to slur the Latin “C” before “I,e” and “Y” (vowels where the tongue is pushed forward) and making it sound like “ch”. This sound became part of languages such as French and Spanish etc. (languages arising from the dying Latin).

“C” in the Middle Ages sounded like “K” and “ch”.  Italian’s soft “C” is “ch”. As for the other Romance languages, the sound disintegrated to “s”.

Remember reading about the Norman invasion of England in 1066? Those Normans brought their Medieval French there, and it mixed with Old English eventually melding into an interesting Middle English. So, most of our words with the soft “C” sound came from that Norman French. Our newer words like “cybernetics” follow those old rules.


70 Easter Eggs & Interesting google assistant Voice Commands

70 Easter Eggs &  Interesting Voice Commands

Google has always been fond of Easter eggs — you know, those little hidden features that you just have to stumble upon — and they haven't been shy about adding these to the Assistant. Whether it's a pop culture reference, a meme, or even a fun little mini-game, there are several special commands that will cause the Assistant to respond with an in-joke of sorts. Really, it's a fun way to get to know your Assistant, so we'll list off all of our favorite Easter eggs below.

This first set of commands are things you may not know that the Google Assistant can help you with. Just a set of general, interesting tips.
  1. Give me a random number between (x) and (y): Gives you a random number that falls between two other numbers. Crazy beeping sound effects, too.
  2. Roll (insert number)-sided dice: Rolls dice (complete with sound effects), gives you a random number.
  3. (Contact name) is my (relationship): Example: "Sara is my daughter." Lets the Assistant know about your relationship with certain contacts so that you can refer to them as "my husband" or "my mom" or whatever in the future.
  4. Good morning: Gives you a rundown of your day's agenda and the current weather, then reads the news.
  5. Send a message to (contact name) on (messaging service): Example: "Send a message to John on WhatsApp." Works with most messaging services, prompts you to dictate a message.
  6. What does a (animal name) sound like?: Example: What does a cat sound like?Responds by playing a clip of the sound said animal makes.
  7. How do you make (name of food): Example: How do you make chicken pot pie. Gives you a summary of the recipe and instructions for most common dishes.
  8. Surprise me: Says "Here's something you might not know" and reads a random factoid.
  9. (Time) (location A) time in (location B): Example: 3 p.m. New York time in San Diego. Converts a time of day in one location to the time of day in another time zone.
  10. Tune my instrument: Asks you to name a musical note, then plays said note so that you can tune your instrument.

Memes & Internet Jokes

Google would be nothing without the internet, and vice versa. So the witty developers behind the Google Assistant have made sure to acknowledge internet culture and memes with these funny commands.
  1. Here comes dat boi: Responds with "Oh shoot, waddup?" in reference to this meme.
  2. Ain't nobody got time for that: Responds with a reference to the Sweet Brown meme.
  3. Make me a sandwich (or "Sudo make me a sandwich"): Gives a reference to this classic XKCD meme.
  4. What does the fox say?: Responds with (gibberish) lyrics from the song of the same name that took the internet by storm in 2013.
  5. Is the cake a lie?: Responds with a reference to this Portal-related meme.
  6. All your base are belong to us: Responds with "What you say" in reference to this meme.
  7. When does the narwhal bacon?: Says "The narwhal bacons at midnight" in reference to this Reddit meme.
  8. What's your favorite emoji?: Names a random emoji and makes a pun about it.
  9. Never gonna give you up: Says "Oh Rick, you always know the right thing to say" in reference to the 80s song that started the Rickroll.
  10. I can haz cheezburger?: Reference to the mother of all cat memes; gives dietary advice about not feeding milk products to cats.

Music References

A big part of making an AI assistant more approachable and "human" is to ensure that it has a good grasp on pop culture. The Google Assistant has this down with all of these music-related commands.
  1. How many roads must a man walk down?: Says "I think it's up to the man. I can give him directions if he needs it" and plays a harmonica in reference to Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind."
  2. War, what is it good for?: Says "Absolutely nothing! Say it again, y'all." in reference to Edwin Starr's famous cover of The Temptations' song "War."
  3. What's cooler than being cool?: Says "Ice cold. Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright" (from Outkast's "Hey Ya!")
  4. Who let the dogs out?: Says "It wasn't me" and plays the sound of a dog barking in reference to the Baha Men song of the same name.
  5. Tell me what you want, what you really, really want: Says "Zigazig ah" in reference to Wannabe by the Spice Girls.
  6. Do you know the way to San Jose?: Says "I can get you directions, but hopefully, you find some peace of mind" in reference to the Dionne Warwick song of the same name.
  7. What is love?: Makes a reference to the Haddaway song of the same name.
  8. My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard: Says "That must be a really good milkshake" in reference to the song Milkshake by Kelis.
  9. Beatbox: Brings on a vocalist who beatboxes for you.
  10. Can you rap?: Attempts to rap (it's more like a poem).

TV References

If you have a Chromecast, your Google Assistant can control your TV. So it only makes sense that the Assistant has quite a few TV references up its sleeve.
  1. I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords: Says "I always try to be helpful, but I don't know about overlords" in reference to this classic episode of The Simpsons (which itself is a reference to Empire of the Ants).
  2. Is Jon Snow dead?: Responds with a Game of Thrones joke, making sure not to spoil anything.
  3. Set phasers to kill: Says "My phasers are permanently set to peace mode, captain" in reference to Star Trek.
  4. Wubba lubba dub dub: Makes a reference to Rick and Morty.
  5. The truth is out there: Says "I trust you, you wouldn't lie to me" in reference to The X-Files.
  6. Who loves orange soda?: Says "Kel. It's true. He does. He does" in reference to Kenan & Kel.
  7. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?: Says "A fellow by the name of Mr. SquarePants" in reference to SpongeBob SquarePants.
  8. Scooby Doo, where are you?: Says "I'll have to get back with you on that, I've got some work to do now" in reference to the Scooby Doo theme song.
  9. Who's on First?: Plays out part of the classic Abbot and Costello bit.
  10. Tea, Earl Gray, hot: Says "You got it, captain" in reference to Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Movie References

Movies are a huge part of the human experience, and the Google Assistant knows that. Whether you're into comedy, drama, action, or any other movie genre, the Assistant knows all of the best movie quotes.
  1. Surely, you can't be serious: Responds with the punchline to a joke from Airplane!
  2. What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?: Asks "African or European?" in reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  3. Party on, Wayne: Says "Party on, Garth. Excellent!" in reference to Wayne's World.
  4. What is the first rule of Fight Club?: Says "I wouldn't know, that's not something I talk about" in reference to Fight Club.
  5. Mischief managed: Makes a solid reference to Harry Potter.
  6. What's in the box?: Says "No spoilers" in reference to Se7en.
  7. I've seen things you people wouldn't believe: Recites Rutger Hauer's famous linefrom the end of Blade Runner.
  8. Inconceivable!: Recites a line from The Princess Bride.
  9. Open the pod bay doors: References the famous exchange in 2001: A Space Odyssey while doing her best to not sound insubordinate like HAL.
  10. Great Scott!: Makes it sound like she's defining the term while making a great reference to Back to the Future.

Star Wars References

The folks at Google seem to really love Star Wars Easter eggs, so the George Lucas creation that turned into a merchandising and box office cash cow for a multimedia conglomerate when Gen-Xers became parents will get its own section here.
  1. Do you like Star Trek, or Star Wars?: "The Millenium Falcon flown by Captain Jean-Luc Picard" or similar crossover answer.
  2. Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?: "Ah, everything's perfectly alright now. We're fine, we're all fine here now. Thank you. How are you?"
  3. That's no moon: "I have a very bad feeling about this."
  4. May the force be with you: "And also with you."
  5. Use the force: "I'm not licensed to use the force."
  6. I am your father: "I'm the Google Assistant, not Luke. I just looked into my heart, I know it to be true."
  7. You're my father: "I'm sorry, I'm not Luke. This is kinda awkward."
  8. Do you like Star Wars?: I like Star Wars a lot, I think I'd be a stormtrooper for Halloween."
  9. Execute Order 66: "Sorry, I don't have an inhibitor chip."
  10. These aren't the droids you're looking for: "Yeah they are, you can't Jedi mind trick me."

Everything Else

These last ten commands were fun and interesting, but didn't fit perfectly into one of the above categories. Nonetheless, we enjoyed all of these, so we wanted to share them with you.
  1. I'm feeling lucky: Starts up a multiplayer game show.
  2. Up, up, down, down, left, right, B, A: Ah, the old Konami cheat code. Responds with "+30 Lives" and plays a one-up tune.
  3. Do you speak Morse code?: Responds in Morse code. Example: -.-- . ... That means "Yes."
  4. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?: Ponders the theoretical math behind answering this age-old question.
  5. Read a poem: Reads a random poem from Google search.
  6. Tell me a joke: Tells an all-ages joke using wit provided by Pixar and The Onion.
  7. Sing me Happy Birthday: Sings the newly un-copyrighted "Happy Birthday to You" song.
  8. What am I thinking right now?: Responds with "You're thinking, 'If my Google Assistant guesses what I'm thinking I'm going to freak out.'"
  9. F*** you: Offers to send feedback to the Google Assistant developers.
  10. What Easter eggs do you have?: Gives you a hint to help find more Easter eggs in Google Assistant. Example: I consider myself an expert on the chucking capabilities of a certain woodland creature in reference to #64 above.

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