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Re: Bug#124874: lg-issue59: Spelling error in description

On Wed, Dec 19, 2001 at 08:44:36PM -0500, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> According to Merriam-Webster, "minimalist" is both an adjective and a noun:
> Main Entry: 1min·i·mal·ist <http://www.m-w.com/images/audio.gif>
> Pronunciation: -list
> Function: noun
> Date: 1907
> 1 : one who favors restricting the functions and powers of a political
> organization or the achievement of a set of goals to a minimum
> 2 a : a minimal artist b : an adherent of minimalism
> Main Entry: 2minimalist
> Function: adjective
> Date: 1967
> : of, relating to, or done in the style of minimalism
> So if you want to say that it is related to minimalism, rather than minimal,
> "minimalist" (as in the original patch) is correct.

Keep in mind that thanks to the Disney corporation freezing the public
domain as of 1923, Debian is generally going to be unable to package
modern dictionaries.

Thanks to the popularity of French poststructuralist philosophy in
American academe starting in the 1970s, it has become fashionable to add
suffixes like "-istic" to any word one desires.  One can always apply
principles of hermeneutical deconstruction to non-determine what such
neologisms non-mean.

G. Branden Robinson                |    If a man ate a pound of pasta and a
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    pound of antipasto, would they
branden@debian.org                 |    cancel out, leaving him still
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    hungry?              -- Scott Adams

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