Re: Discussion/Notices re: fonts

From: John Cowan (
Date: Thu May 08 2003 - 08:16:00 EDT

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    William Overington scripsit:

    > >That said I'm ceratinly keen to avert a flame war,
    > That is three people in two different threads who have mentioned the phrase
    > "flame war" recently. What exactly is a flame war?

    From the Jargon File (

    flame war n. [common] (var. `flamewar') An acrimonious dispute,
    especially when conducted on a public electronic forum such as Usenet.

    flame [MIT, orig. from the phrase `flaming asshole'] 1. vi. To post an
    email message intended to insult and provoke. 2. vi. To speak incessantly
    and/or rabidly on some relatively uninteresting subject or with a
    patently ridiculous attitude. 3. vt. Either of senses 1 or 2, directed
    with hostility at a particular person or people. 4. n. An instance of
    flaming. When a discussion degenerates into useless controversy, one
    might tell the participants "Now you're just flaming" or "Stop all that
    flamage!" to try to get them to cool down (so to speak).

    John Cowan
    Please leave your values                Check your assumptions.  In fact,
       at the front desk.                      check your assumptions at the door.
         --sign in Paris hotel                   --Cordelia Vorkosigan

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