[WikiEN-l] listcruft

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Mon Jul 16 15:41:32 UTC 2007

Guy Chapman aka JzG wrote:

>On Sun, 15 Jul 2007 16:41:22 +0300, "Jussi-Ville Heiskanen" wrote:
>>Not so much a case in point, but a touchstone. Do *you* think we are
>>better or worse than Britannica for having "List of songs about
>>masturbation". Stand up and be counted...
>No, a case in point.  There is no encyclopaedic topic "songs about
>masturbation" because there is nothing about masturbation which has
>any logical connection with songs, and vice-versa (although I
>suppose one could stretch a point and say that, for example, Whitney
>Houston's "I will always love you" gives more pleasure to the
>performer than anybody watching).  
There's always the version of the Eric Bogle song "Nobody's Moggy Now" 
where the dearly departed is in pussy heaven dreaming of masturbating  
mice (instead of masticating them).  :-)

>I am all for setting up a sister project, triviapedia or whatever,
>for collecting such examples of word association gone mad, but
>there's no question in my mind that a neutral, verifiable
>encyclopaedia is not the place for them.
I think you are taking this issue too seriously.


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