The devolution of English language and slothful c.l.p behaviours exposed!

Phil Runciman philr at
Tue Jan 24 19:32:32 EST 2012

"Talking" about version numbers, shouldn't the English dictionary and grammar be under version control? I nominate Oxford University to administer this, after all they produce the largest English dictionary and are experts on English grammar. Someone had better let them know because the impending avalanche of bookings out for modification may take them by surprise, especially the number of requests from the North America and Australia. 

Here in New Zealand, they gave up attempting to use correct English years ago. 

Phil Runciman 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Blockheads Oi Oi [mailto:breamoreboy at]
> Sent: Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:26 a.m.
> To: python-list at
> Subject: Re: The devolution of English language and slothful c.l.p
> behaviors exposed!
> On 24/01/2012 21:20, Chris Angelico wrote:
> > On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 8:13 AM, Blockheads Oi Oi
> > <breamoreboy at>  wrote:
> >> On 24/01/2012 20:03, Joshua Landau wrote:
> >>> A simple version number doesn't imply huge breakages. Try "English2
> v1.0"!
> >>>
> >>> In fact, why would a perfect language need a version number?
> >>>
> >> It would be difficult to maintain Python without a version number.
> >
> > That just proves that Guido couldn't get it right, because he isn't
> as
> > perfect as Rick. No; Rick wouldn't need a version identifier, because
> > he would get it right the first time.
> >
> > ChrisA
> No; Rick wouldn't need a version number, because he never writes
> anything that needs a version number.
> Cheers.
> Mark Lawrence.
> p.s. please accept my apologies for not sticking my name on previous
> replies.

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