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[3]: Funny Quotes in Word
by Laurence on Tue 27th Oct 2009 12:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Funny Quotes in Word"
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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.


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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RE[4]: Funny Quotes in Word
by Kroc on Tue 27th Oct 2009 13:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Funny Quotes in Word"
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Yup, and no encyclopaedia, no historian, and neither the church themselves deny this fact. It’s basically a commercial holiday that even the church acknowledges since it will at least get them some attention. Nobody even cared what Jesus’ birthday was up until the second century when paganism spread into Christianity. (The idea of a birthday being significant is a Roman idea, based on their gods and beliefs)

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