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From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Visual Interface
      (vi) /V-I/, /vi:/, *never* /siks/ A screen
     editor crufted together by Bill Joy for an early BSD
     release.  vi became the de facto standard Unix editor and a
     nearly undisputed hacker favourite outside of MIT until the
     rise of Emacs after about 1984.
     It 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
     some Emacs fans 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.

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