I'm interested in learning how the term yank got its name. I'm also interested in why Vi/Vim "yank" differs from Emacs "yank".

See also: same question on Unix & Linux; dual question about Emacs


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The text is dragged/moved/pulled/yanked into to clipboard. It's just a synonymous found to be easy to remember the y key, since all other keys are used.

  • "d" is delete, "p" is print or put. Commented Dec 30, 2015 at 1:52

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