The Big ACL Opening

Lennart Poettering mzerqung at
Sat Oct 18 15:36:56 UTC 2008

On Fri, 17.10.08 20:09, Andrew Parker (andrewparker at wrote:

> I don't understand why this is an issue.  Uber has no negative
> connotations in English, does it? Do we have to have all our words
> vetted against every language before we can use them?

I already mentioned that you can never be entirely safe in choosing
words that offend nothing and nobody. But for you I am happy to repeat 

"You never can be entirely safe, there are always words that in some
languages or to some people may be offending or have a questionnable
connotation. However, since Nazism is almost universally agreed to be
without comparison and practically a superlative of evil there are
more than enough reasons to stay away from terminology related to

So no, I am not asking to carefully check every single word we use
against every single language and its possible connotations in that
language. All I am asking for is that we try to stay away from one of
the most extreme things you can associate your words with: Nazism. 

I don't want to be no word police, but uhm, this one was a bit too
obvious to me. 

Also, I am not sure why we really need to discuss this further. Toshio
already agreed to changing this term and it is not too much work. So
let's just do it and forget about it and not continue this discussion
here. I am here for the code, not for discussing Nazism.



Lennart Poettering                        Red Hat, Inc.
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