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From "Peter B. West" <pbw...@powerup.com.au>
Subject Re: [PATCH] doc validation fix
Date Mon, 13 Jan 2003 21:17:20 GMT
Victor Mote wrote:
> It must be a cultural thing. The dictionary definition you gave should tell
> the story well enough -- see the example "felt contempt for the mincing
> ...". The word is a pejorative, but perhaps more so in my part of the world,
> where calling someone a "fop" or a "dandy" might be fighting words. In my
> mind it connotes "sissy" on one end of the scale and "big hat, no cattle" on
> the other. This is all partially mitigated by the fact that the word is
> pretty much in disuse, so maybe nobody else knows what it means.
> Finding myself in the minority, I withdraw the question. I intended no
> offence. As a workaround, please don't be offended if I continue to treat
> the name as an acronym instead of a word.


Re my comment on this, I thought I should warn you that I am addicted to 
ironical jokes, which can be a dangerous habit with email.  I dislike 
emoticons, probably because I am more of a snob than I like to admit, 
but also because they seem to me to discourage any attempt either to 
write or to read the subtle - or the ironical! - from email.  An 
advantage of the longevity of a forum like this is that we get to know 
each other's style, so I hope that my un-emoticoned attempts at humour 
are read as such.  I'll see if I can squeeze one out.

....,; :) >;,....

Peter B. West  pbwest@powerup.com.au  http://www.powerup.com.au/~pbwest/
"Lord, to whom shall we go?"

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