[linux-elitists] Should software apologize?

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Thu May 2 03:01:59 PDT 2002

on Thu, May 02, 2002, Jeff Waugh (jdub@perkypants.org) wrote:
> <quote who="Marc MERLIN">
> > I have  to admit that this  message has always annoyed  me. There's
> > probably something lost in the translation, or a culture difference or
> > something...
> We have fun on our own. The Germans need reminders.

What's left off of the SuSE message is the stick:

   "Have a lot of fun!
    ...or else..."

Seriously, this is probably transliterated from "Mach viel spaß!", which
makes more sense in German.  Literally:  make much fun!  Idiomatic
English would be more on the lines of "Have fun!" or just "Enjoy!"
German is also more liberal with the exclamation point than English
tends to be (I tried explaining this to a (non-Germana) non-native
English writer -- among other things, that his posts were likely to trip
a lot of spam filters.  I finally closed with:


...I think he's still puzzling it out.

Personally, I've always liked the Register's Yahoo! headlines....


Karsten M. Self <kmself@ix.netcom.com>        http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
 What Part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?
   This apology has been automatically generated by my signature
   software.  Sorry!
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