[Foundation-l] Introduction to the internal workings ofthelanguage subcommittee

Brian McNeil brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org
Sun Apr 13 20:49:59 UTC 2008

My apologies, first I could tell Gerard was not a native speaker but did not
know where from. Second, I'm in Flanders and I cannot recall anyone saying
"Hoi" to me.

Brian McNeil

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On Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 10:35 PM, Brian McNeil
<brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org> wrote:
> Gerard, a little bit of language you may not be aware of... "Hoi" is not
>  generally considered a polite greeting. I don't know what your native
>  is, but for the vast majority of English speakers its use is generally
>  in "Hoi You!" where it is a prelude to berating or otherwise giving
>  a piece of your mind.


"An informal greeting acknowledging someone's arrival or presence;
compare English hey, hi"

Now really, even if the lingua franca of this mailinglist is English
(for rather obvious reasons), I am quite offended if you start telling
people that they may not write greetings in their native tongue. From
his name, it might be rather apparent that Gerard is Dutch and even if
not, one might first ask and assume good faith.

Nothing personal here, but some English subscribers of this list
should try to widen their horizon and reckon that there are other
languages and other projects.

Viele Grüsse,

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