Subject: Re: PART TWO: winning industrial-use of lisp:  Re: Norvig's latest paper on Lis
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 15:21:19 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Erik Naggum
> There is some record of illiterate use of "they" in this function, but that
> usage lost grounds a _really_ long time ago.

* Dvd Avins
| No, it was declared illeterate by people who weren't in the habit of using
| it, and therfore lost usage in _written_ English. Despite the efforts of
| countless schoolmarms it has remained common in spoken English. Since it
| serves a useful function in speach, I see nothing wrong with its revival in
| written English.

  The referent for "this function" is _singular_ third-person pronoun.  That
  would be the example I actually gave which should have let people GROW A
  FUCKING CLUE about what I meant.  Sheesh.

  I don't mind people arresting me for mistakes I make, but I really do get
  seriously bothered by psychotic freaks who arrest for mistakes I have _not_
  made, people whose emotional state is so warped that they no longer see what
  I write, but respond instead to their own prejudices and emotions and what
  they _think_ was there because their underutilized brains have no space for
  the sensory input that flies against their preconcocted beliefs.  ARGH!

  Goddamn illiterates who cannot even read their _own_ language when used
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