swizzle = S = syntactic salt

sync /sink/ n., vi.

(var. `synch') 1. To synchronize, to bring into synchronization. 2. [techspeak] To force all pending I/O to the disk; see flush, sense 2. 3. More generally, to force a number of competing processes or agents to a state that would be `safe' if the system were to crash; thus, to checkpoint (in the database-theory sense).

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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