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Re: Debian, lists and discrimination

um, just a bit off topic of this thread..

Telsa Gwynne wrote:
On Sun, Aug 08, 2004 at 10:21:54PM +0100 or thereabouts, Andrew Suffield wrote:
On Sat, Aug 07, 2004 at 12:22:05PM +0100, Helen Faulkner wrote:
I find it difficult to take this sort of thing seriously. It's like
complaining about male and female connectors.

I do not believe that is the case. Style guides do not tell you to avoid references to male and female connectors.

its been only in the last ten years or so, that "male and female" connectors has been in more widespread use.

IIRR the terms "plug" and "socket" were more widely used. this is just one of those little examples that language changes.

perhaps its because "plug and socket" is confusing, whereas "male and female connectors" has an implied meaning you can't get wrong, perhaps..

however, in the last five years we are heading into more propriety connectors that reverse the inner pin and recepticle of the connectors, so that male and female connectors are no longer appropriate. so language may yet swing back to plug and socket, who knows ...

in any event, thread drift strikes again..


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