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META: What's on-topic, and what's not [Re: CHAT translating t he Paternoster]

From:Karapcik, Mike <karapcm@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 16, 2002, 21:51
| -----Original Message-----
| From: Thomas R. Wier
| Subject: META: What's on-topic, and what's not [Re: CHAT
| translating the Paternoster]
| Quoting Jeff Jones <jeffsjones@...>:
| > Both these texts are highly amusing ...
| > but aren't we starting to stray into
| > forbidden territory WRT the conlang list?
| There is, in fact, only one statutorily forbidden area of
| discussion for this list:  the politics of constructed languages
| (which is "best", which is "aesthetically pleasing", etc.).
 8< snip >8
| their religion even remotely.  So why shouldn't we talk about
| religion in this way?
| Thomas Wier

        I think the concern is when the subjunctive vs. imperative
("May there be light!" / "Let there be light!") triggered my comment
of "May there be light!..." sounding like the beginning of a
politically correct creation story.
        Next came the (IMO: *amazingly* funny) Standard Disclaimer for
the Heavenly Hosts not accepting liability for use of the Universe,
the Universe falling under Intellectual Property laws, no reverse
engineering or decompiling, etc.

        I think Jeff was (rightly) telling the children to settle
down before someone poked an eye out. (Mi bedauxras....)

        Mike K.


Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>