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How should one go about abbreviating (a)synchronous? Is the most correct form (a)sync. or (a)synch.?

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closed as general reference by Alenanno, kiamlaluno, Grant Thomas, F'x, Mitch Aug 28 '11 at 14:05

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Hello User. In my opinion this is easily answerable looking at the dictionary. I couldn't find "async", but "sync" is in every dictionary; Same goes for "synch" more or less, so I suppose it's up to you about which one to use. – Alenanno Aug 28 '11 at 12:12

The common and my preferred way of abbreviating synchronous is sync, rather than synch, partly because it makes more sense to pronounce it as sink than sinch and the shorter abbreviation is simpler and clearer. Also to avoid any confusion with the slang word cinch (pronounced like sinch).

For similar reasons and consistency, I'd recommend async over asynch.

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As a bonus, it's also one letter shorter! – Stuart Cook Aug 28 '11 at 13:12
Yes! Save time, ink and disk space! – Hugo Aug 28 '11 at 14:36

Ngram for "sync" versus "synch", 1920-2000

The graph for async versus asynch is similar. From this I would say that sync and async are preferred.

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