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Re: Bug#13919: exim: Package [was] badly broken! Many important files

foka@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca (Anthony Fok)  wrote on 17.10.97 in <Pine.LNX.3.96.971017220740.788D-100000@lovelife.olvc.ca>:

> Okay, do we really have to go there?


> crap(1) /kraep/ n. & v. coarse sl.
> -- n. 1 (often as int.) nonsense, rubbish (he talks crap).
>       2. faeces
> -- v.intr. (crapped, crapping) defecate
>         Usually considered a taboo word.
>                     (excerpt from the Concise Oxford Dictionary)
> By your definition, you may say that the word "crap" is a "biological
> technical term".  Isn't that nice and technical and gross?  The definition
> of "nonsense" and "rubbish" is more acceptable, but still, the word "crap"
> is a coarse slang.

And what's wrong with that?

I usually feel that it's much more wrong to object to these words than to  
use them.

True, it's not the best style. Then again, most (all?) of the famous  
writers have used coarse slang in their works. And also, we're not here  
because we like to write a fine style of English (though some of us seem  
to like it enough that their mails get fairly unreadable).

Personally, I feel that politeness is a matter of attitude to people, not  
one of words. Words are unimportant, as long as their meaning isn't in  
doubt - and the meaning of all these deprecated words seldom is in any  
serious doubt. (Interestingly enough, their "politically correct"  
replacements often _are_ unclear.)

MfG Kai

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