Subject: Re: Difference between LISP and C++
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 31 Oct 2002 21:29:57 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Tim Bradshaw <>
| Well Eric Raymond is part of the community that *invented* the terms.
| He may not get them right (I haven't checked), but he's about a
| million times more likely to get them right than some dictionary,
| unless, hmm, you mean the hacker's dictionary...

  Dictionaries reflect how people use the language.  Apparently, as I
  documented in another message just posted, the British (and other
  European meanings, including translations to "pirate informatico" in
  Italian and Spanish, and "pirate informatique" in French) are quite
  hostile to the computer enthusiast.

  According to some accounts, the majority of free software is developed in
  Europe (and according to the atrocious English in much documentation, not
  by English-speaking programmers), so perhaps even European languages can
  get better dictionaries...

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.