Re: [ad-hominem construct deleted]
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On Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 10:26:05AM +0100, Thijs Kinkhorst wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-01-18 at 10:01 +0100, Gerfried Fuchs wrote:
> > * Matt Zimmerman <email@example.com> [2006-01-17 11:36]:
> > > Kennedy wasn't a citizen of Berlin, either, not literally. The world
> > > understood what he meant, though, when he said (somewhat awkwardly) that he
> > > was.
> > Again my question: Do you seriously consider calling Linus and RMS
> > Debian Developers?
> Shuttleworth is using a *figure of speech*. A figure of speech is
> something not to be taken literally. Figures of speech are used all the
> time and they make language more interesting.
> Mr Zimmerman's reference to Kennedy is an excellent example of such a
> metaphorical construct. When Kennedy said that, there will undoubtedly
> have been people who uttered "Hey, he's not German! He's lying!". But
> luckily most people will have understood what he meant.
I was unable to locate the quote, but it seems that the quote is/could
be taken liteally. Why not modify the quote to state that it is
metaphorical by using something like 'Every Debian developer is an
Ubuntu developer in the same vein as the quote from JFK when he was in
Berlin' or 'Every Debian developer is an Ubuntu developer in the sense
that all of the Debian developers work is used as a basis for the work of
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