$cut -c1-5 workethics.txt
$cut -c1 workethics.txt
$cut -f1 workethics.txt
Work ethics in QA Fashion
$cut -b1 workethics.txt
$cut -b2 workethics.txt
$cut -b0 workethics.txt
cut: fields and positions are numbered from 1
Try `cut --help' for more information.
cut - remove sections from each line of files
-b, --bytes=LIST select only these bytes
select only these characters
Debian Manual for "cut" command.