Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Oct 2009 00:37 UTC
Features, Office In the comments on our editorial about language purism and the Psystar case, it became quite clear that language is a subject almost everyone has an opinion on - not odd if you consider that language is at the very centre of what makes us "human". Since this appears to be a popular subject, let's talk about the influence computing has had on two very minor aspects of the Dutch language.
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RE: Funny Quotes in Word
by Savior on Tue 27th Oct 2009 07:08 UTC in reply to "Funny Quotes in Word"
Savior
Member since:
2006-09-02

Same here -- I am Hungarian, and we also place our left double quotes at the bottom. And lo! so does Word and OpenOffice, if you set the language to Hungarian. Which, according to my experience, is how computers of non-geeks are set up most of the time. So I wouldn't blame word processors for that.

I think it's a more recent development, but definitely computer-related. Chat applications, text editors, etc. use only "". That and with all this English text around us, it's no wonder people are more accustomed to the English style double quotes. Too bad.

That's the price you pay for globalization. It's actually a cheap one, compared to some other cultural aspects. One that really blows my mind is when international chains advertize their Christmas sales/menus/etc. with Santa Claus. Who is this Santa Claus guy anyway? And what does he have to do with Christmas? Go back to the US, we don't need you! Dammit! ;)

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RE[2]: Funny Quotes in Word
by drstorm on Tue 27th Oct 2009 11:39 in reply to "RE: Funny Quotes in Word"
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2009-04-24

First of all, greets to the neighbor. ;)

About the Santa, in Serbia the same looking guy brings presents on New Year's Eve. He has nothing to do with Christmas and we call him Grandpa-Frost (Deda-Mraz in Serbian).

Despite the globalization, Grandpa-Frost prevails and I like it. Christmas should really be about Christ. Besides, members of every religion can appreciate Grandpa-Frost. ;)

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RE[3]: Funny Quotes in Word
by Laurence on Tue 27th Oct 2009 12:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Funny Quotes in Word"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

First of all, greets to the neighbor.

About the Santa, in Serbia the same looking guy brings presents on New Year's Eve. He has nothing to do with Christmas and we call him Grandpa-Frost (Deda-Mraz in Serbian).

Despite the globalization, Grandpa-Frost prevails and I like it. Christmas should really be about Christ. Besides, members of every religion can appreciate Grandpa-Frost.


The problem with Christmas is it's actually a Pagan end of year festival that Christians hijacked in order to convert more to their religion.

Christ was actually born some time mid year.

So in a way, globalization has already corrupted Christmas - though obviously it was called something different by the Pagans.


Laurence

PS I post this as a Christian myself. I just wanted to state that as I didn't want my post to sound like I was trying to stir up an anti-religion flame-war

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