Need cleanup advice for multiline string

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at
Mon Aug 24 09:40:03 CEST 2009

Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> I'm amused and somewhat perplexed that somebody with the non-English 
> name of Stefan, writing from a .de email address, seems to be assuming 
> that (1) everybody is on the Internet, and (2) everybody on the Internet 
> speaks English.

Oh, I totally don't. But most people who read do at least understand
it to a certain extent. I don't commonly read /that/ many
non-english-speaking Python forums thoroughly enough to assume that the OP
posted the question only in English and only in I don't even assume
that he only posted that question to an Internet newsgroup. You know,
there's real-life, too.

>> But reading statements like the above really makes me feel that it's
>> best to comment even on simple things like "hi guys!".
> Or you could enter the 21 century and understand that "guys" has become a 
> generic term for people of any sex.

Is that true for everyone who understands and/or writes English? In that
case, I'm fine with your above statement. Otherwise, I'd wonder who you
meant with the term "cultural chauvinism". So far, I only learned that most
North-American English native speakers use that term in the way you refer
to. That doesn't even get you close to the majority of English speakers.


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