Koolaid (was Re: Optional Static Typing)

Robert Kern rkern at ucsd.edu
Fri Dec 24 14:13:11 CET 2004

Tim Churches wrote:
> Peter Hansen <peter at engcorp.com> wrote:
>>John Roth wrote:
>>>"Rocco Moretti" <roccomoretti at hotpop.com> wrote:
>>>>The question is, should Guido state "TDD is the one true way to 
>>>>program in Python.", or should concessions be made in the language 
>>>>design for those who don't "drink the TDD Kool-aide".
>>>Neither one. I hope you didn't mean  that people
>>>who advocate TDD are suicidal fanatics, because
>>>that's exactly what "drink the  kool-aid" means.
>>I always thought the connotation was more that those who
>>"drank the Kool-Aid" were unthinking drones, following what
>>others told them to do.
> I thought it was an allusion to "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid test" by Tom Wolfe - see 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Electric_Kool_Aid_Acid_Test

First Google hit for "drank the Kool-aid":


This phrase comes from the 1978 "Jonestown massacre" in which members of 
the Peoples Temple cult committed suicide by drinking cyanide-laced 
Kool-Aid (although some say the drink of choice was actually Flav-R-Aid).

Robert Kern
rkern at ucsd.edu

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