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Is there a reason why the short for 'modifiable' is 'ma' and not 'mo'?

I've entered :h 'mo' and I got E149, so there doesn't seem to be any clash...

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It is probably because there are two similarly-named options: 'modifiable' (shortened to 'ma') and 'modified' (shortened to 'mod').

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    But they don't clash... And there are many other pairs of similarly named options which have similar shorthands, e.g. nu/rnu, wic/wig, and most of all, wcm/wc where the difference is in the trailing letter of the former, just like for mod/could-have-been-mo.
    – Enlico
    Dec 14 '20 at 14:48
  • This type of back-and-forth is why this site is ill-suited to 'why' questions.
    – wbogacz
    Dec 14 '20 at 14:58
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    @wbogacz, in general I agree. But apprently there's a history-of tag. I guess given that tag, going from why to do you know about the historical decision of xyz? is ok, no?
    – Enlico
    Dec 14 '20 at 15:11
  • There seem to be a number of these questions in the past, some answered, and some accepted, so the feeling is clear they are positive. What isn't positive is the point-counterpoint that they can generate. I envision Dan Aykroyd/Jane Curtin.
    – wbogacz
    Dec 14 '20 at 16:23

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