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Re: A language by any other name

Federico Di Gregorio wrote:
> On Thu, 2001-09-13 at 11:35, David N. Welton wrote:
> > "Marcelo E. Magallon" <mmagallo@debian.org> writes:
> >
> > >  My bug was triggered by the fact that gdm offers a long selection
> > >  of languages, among them English (without bells and whistles, just
> > >  plain old "English") and in case you select that, it sets the
> > >  environment variable LANG to that, "english".
> >
> > Maybe it should ask if you want british or american english.
> >
> > Trying to decide which one is 'the' English is probably a good recipe
> > for a flame war with no result.
> why? we know what is *the* english, the one that originated in england.
> (note how the two words have the same root, eng-?) as a pratical rule, i
> suggest to assign the language 'name' to the locale of the coutry that
> originated it. spain for spanish, italy for italian, france for french,
> etc. everybody is accepting that on other languages, don't see why the
> americans should do different... :(
Closest parallel would be pt/pt_BR, since Brazil/Portugal is another
example of where the daughter country has a greater population and
rivals the mother country as cultural center.  Actually, probably more
so.  So that precedent would argue for english -> en_UK.

As a southerner, I would object to yank -> en_US.  :-)

Considering our troubles, maybe it should be anguished -> en_US.  :-(

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