Need cleanup advice for multiline string

Mensanator mensanator at
Wed Aug 19 06:37:04 CEST 2009

On Aug 18, 7:59�am, Steven D'Aprano <st... at REMOVE-THIS-> wrote:
> On Tue, 18 Aug 2009 13:36:49 +0200, Jean-Michel Pichavant wrote:
> > MRAB wrote:
> >> Carl Banks wrote:
> >>> On Aug 17, 10:03 am, Jean-Michel Pichavant <jeanmic... at>
> >>> wrote:
> >>>> I'm no English native, but I already heard women/men referring to a
> >>>> group as "guys", no matter that group gender configuration. It's even
> >>>> used for group composed exclusively of women. Moreover it looks like
> >>>> a *very* friendly form, so there is really nothing to worry about it.
> >>> I like how being very friendly means calling people after a guy who
> >>> tried to blow up the English Parliament.
> >> Guy Fawkes adopted the name Guido while fighting for the Spanish in the
> >> Low Countries:
> >>
> > I didn't get Carl's reference. The only thing I know about blowing the
> > parliament is from the movie V for Vendetta (no comment please !). Now
> > thanks to your link:
> > "In 18th-century England, the term "guy" was used to refer to an effigy
> > <> of Fawkes, which would be paraded
> > around town by children on the anniversary of the conspiracy"
> > Well, my knowledge is much too low to get this kind of reference from
> > the start. :-/
> "Guy" is an old English name, related to the old French name "Gy" and
> Italian "Guido". It's originally derived from the Old German for "wood"
> or "warrior".
> After Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the English Parliament house, and was
> executed, the British government encouraged people to burn effigies of
> him. These became known as "guys", which eventually became slang for an
> ugly man, which later became slang for any man, and in recent years, any
> person.
> So the irony is that the friendly term "guys", referring to a group of
> people, is derived from the name of an 18th century

You're off by at least a century.

> religious terrorist.

As were all members of parliament including the king.

> One can only wonder whether in 200 years time people will walk into the
> office and say "Hey you osamas, they're giving away free donuts down
> stairs, anyone want some?"


Q: What's white and flies across the ocean?

A: Lord Mountbatten's tennis shoes.


Ain't so fuckin' funny, is it?
(Unless you're Irish, in which case it's hysterical).

> --
> Steven

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