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    SubjectRe: Profanity in the Linux Kernel?!?!?
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    On Thu, 10 Jun 1999, David Chappell wrote:
    > On Wed, 09 Jun 1999, Kelley Spoon wrote:
    > > Someone else brought up the point about censoring work other people
    > > contributed, and I agree with that. I have absolutely no problem
    > > with a developer calling a spade a spade.
    > It should be pointed out that they aren't calling spades spades. No
    > copulating, voiding of excrement, or condemnation to an afterlife of
    > torture actually occur in the Linux kernel. ;)

    ROFL!!! I couldn't help but LMAO when I read that... That's very funny...

    > Also, many of these words (such as hell and damn) are expletives,
    > meaning that they do not contribute anything to the sense of the
    > sentence, except perhaps to express the author's annoyance.

    Exactly. That has become the purpose of those words -- in fact, that's
    the only times that I've really heard/seen them were in times of

    > I would suggest that looking for obcenities in kernel messages would
    > be a good way to find poorly written messages which should be made
    > more explicit and helpful.

    Hm. Which would you rather have in YOUR kernel?

    "Fatal Exception 0E at address 349f930d:020a34ff"


    "Something fucked up. This shouldn't happen."
    "oops 00"

    Personally, I'd rather see something say "Something fucked up" and maybe a
    description of it, in HUMAN READABLE terms (e.g., readable by
    non-programmers and CS majors) as opposed to "fatal exception 0E..." which
    really tells a user NOTHING about what just happened.

    > The reason this kind of language is still seen as unprofessional in at
    > least some quarters is that it is more common amoung the illiterate
    > and because it introduces topics with distictly unpleasant aspects
    > into a context in which they are entirely irrelevant.

    Well, they may be unprofessional, however, they are very concise, and well
    understood among all of us humans, no?

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