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Re: [PATCH] Book quote clarification.

From: Eric S. Raymond <esr_at_thyrsus.com>
Date: 2004-09-21 00:44:44 CEST

Max Bowsher <maxb@ukf.net>:
> It's a humourous quote. If you don't know what C is, then you won't get the
> joke anyway. And the added formality detracts from the humour for those who
> do know what C is.

I have to agree with Max here, but also to note that Grzegorz was not
exactly wrong in wanting to correct the quote. I've noticed that the
kind of high-context ironic ellipsis Max is describing is a style people
who are not native English speakers often have trouble grokking. IMHO this
snippet should be left as is, but with awareness that it doesn't travel well.

		Eric S. Raymond
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