Inappropriate Language

Subject: Inappropriate Language
From: Alexander Von_obert <avobert -at- TWH -dot- MSN -dot- SUB -dot- ORG>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 1996 16:55:02 +0100


* Antwort auf eine Nachricht von Chris Hamilton an All am 17.09.96

CH> From: Chris Hamilton <chamilton -at- GR -dot- COM>

CH> especially against the people who said they
CH> stopped reading when they reached that word.

I simply cannot believe that anyone might stop reading an article simply
because of a single word that might be unappropriate. May be that I did not
grasp fully what it meant as I am no native speaker.

But the most important message I take from such a word in this list simply is:
The author was helpless, unable to express himself. For a native speaker this
would be an extremely bad sign. But being offended? Certainly not.

But there are cultural differences even between the US and Europe.

Greetings from Germany,

Alexander von Obert, Urbanstr. 2, 90480 Nuernberg, Germany
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