Subject: Re: I don't understand Lisp
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1998/09/17
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Barry Margolin <>
| What is the English that both Cockney and American English are dialects of?

  assuming this was as rhetorical as it seems, why is "the King's/Queen's
  [British] English" the _obviously_ wrong answer?

| If you don't like the "dialect of X" terminology, then perhaps "member of
| the X family" would be better, but in my mind they mean the same thing.

  it seems to mean the same thing only when X = Lisp.  otherwise, it makes
  no sense at all to claim they are the same.  English is not a dialect of
  Germanic, but it is a member of the Germanic language family.  neither is
  English a dialect of Indo-European.

  ATTENTION, all abducting aliens!  you DON'T need to RETURN them!