[Mailman-Users] English (USA)

Norbert Bollow nb at bollow.ch
Mon Jul 8 15:52:23 EDT 2019

On Mon, 8 Jul 2019 21:06:52 +0200
Christian F Buser via Mailman-Users <mailman-users at python.org> wrote:

> And there are other expressions which are completely different in UK
> English and US English - see
> <https://www.indy100.com/article/25-english-words-that-mean-very-different-things-in-britain-and-america--b1tcKsqybb>.
> There are probably many more. 
> So if you want to "unify" those two, which variant to choose? Or
> better blend them into one - changing the spelling from one occurence
> to the other? 

I'd be very surprised if *in Mailman's UI* there are any real causes
for confusion due to the differences between different variants of

I'm running some international mailing lists. On these lists, English
is not used because it's a language used in the USA, or in any other
particular country, but because it is generally the best choice of
language for communicating internationally.

On some of those lists, it is really strongly desirable to actively
encourage the list's participants to see themselves as an international
community, in particular as a community where US centric perspectives
are not privileged over other perspectives.

In such contexts, the reference to the English language in Mailman's
Web UI as "English (USA)" is very irritating.

I have sometimes modified Mailman to make it simply display "English"
instead of "English (USA)". But I haven't ever gotten around to
cleaning this up into a real patch as suggested by the OP.

I would welcome such a patch.


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