[Python-Dev] "do the needful"

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Tue, 24 Sep 2002 08:30:04 -0400

A Google search on "do the needful" suggests that the phrase is indeed
popular on the subcontinent: associated with top hits are names like
Ibrahim Hunkunti, Lord Sri Krishna, India's National Newspaper, an
astrology site run by Mr. Harsh Nigram, Pakistan, Nepal, ...  You get
the picture.

I'm fine if Vinay leaves it in!  It definitely sounded funny to me,
but it's not broken English -- it's cultural diversity.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)