Careful

Richmond Mathewson geradamas at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 26 07:47:35 EDT 2006


J. Landman Gay wrote:

"Better be careful what you put in your scripts:

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/10/13/code_outrage/>"

as a veteran user of 'abusive' language I am afraid I
laughed my socks off - surely 'bo****ks' are those
things without which half the population of the world
would feel a bit odd? and the "F' word refers to a
reasonably popular pastime among the greater part of
the human population (not to say anything about the
rest of the animal kingdom). 

Words are really fairly random things and the meaning
we ascribe to them, while being conventualised to an
extent, changes over time (hence language change and
dialectal divergence).

Biblical fundamentalists would have it that the world
is a static thing - yet the bible (among many other
religious scriptures) contains words that meant rather
different things when they were written down to how we
now take them. This is, surely, a problem for the
fundamentalists (of all faiths, sects and cults) and
not for the rest of us who keep our quiet, personal
faiths to ourselves and feel sufficiently secure in
our belief-systems that we don't have to continually
ram them down other people's throats.

I am also sure that those Open Source coders who can't
resist slipping the odd 'blast' and 'damn' into their
code are not going to be particularly perturbed by
organisations such as the American Family Association
casting anathemas at them. Some of us can't be
bothered by narrow minded bigots - and I often wonder
what God thinks about them too.

sincerely, Richmond Mathewson

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Richmond Mathewson
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