||[Apr. 6th, 2007|04:07 am]
This comes to you from a forum I recently joined. I won't say where for a number of reasons, but this guy really got under my nerves. The site sells DVDs and props and so forth created by an American and incorporated in America. While I suppose my reaction was just that, I find the whole issue on the one hand to be absurd while on the other to be enraging. It is because of the underlying ideology that we are losing the war against illegal immigration in this country.
Please consider the fact that not everyone has English as their first language. Now, please consider that whilst an acronym such as "lol" may seem immediately apparent to you, if we allow that, where do we draw the line?
I say the line should be drawn at where the communication stops. I suppose you could enforce people to type "While perusing your juvenile comments I observed myself laughing out loud at your ridiculous declaration and impulsively informed you posthaste." I prefer the term "LOL".
Consider for a moment that the products here on this website are created in English, marketed in English, sold in English and regulated in a country who's language is English. Are the products here dubbed and translated into other languages? Is the website available in different languages? Do the forums allow for Unicode?
The point I'm making is that the business here on the forums is conducted in English. If one does not understand the language and the culture, then one can not appreciate that which is written. What do you propose we do about the inconsistencies between British English and American English? Do Brits actually get buy a gallon of gas at a Texaco in Texas?
If this website were based in Japan, written in Japanese and govenered by Japanese, I'd be SOL (that's Shit Out of Luck for those of you who no speakee English so a-good-a).
I suppose that at the end of the day Deoxyribonucleic acid is more apropos, but I prefer the term DNA. My question is this: what do you propose we use in place of GNU given its recursive nature?