Subject: Re: C# is not Dylan (was: Re: C# : The new language from M$)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/07/06
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Reini Urban
| steroids?

  He means "anabolic steroids", specifically hormones resembling
  testosterone, which stimulate anabolism (the constructive phase of
  metabolism) in the body.  These hormones are widely used to enhance
  the effect of muscle building.  A sports star discovered to be on
  steroids is demoted to _asteroid_.  (Just kidding.)

  I think catabolic steroids give a better picture of the development
  of some languages where this expression is used.  Such steroids act
  as immunosuppressives in everything from asthma via transplant
  rejection to cancer and aids, and cause the body to accumulate water
  and build fatty tissue while breaking down muscle tissue.

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.