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Re: Proposal for an improved `help-for-help'

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Proposal for an improved `help-for-help'
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2021 15:02:47 +0000

Hello, Dmitry.

On Thu, Apr 08, 2021 at 17:50:45 +0300, Dmitry Gutov wrote:
> On 08.04.2021 17:08, Alan Mackenzie wrote:
> > It feels like
> > "international" is being used as a euphemism for "foreign".  If we
> > really mean "foreign" that is what we should write.

> "foreign" implies a specific point of reference.

So does "international", used as it is here.

> What's foreign to you may not be foreign to me, or some other user.

That's precisely my point.  Writing "international" when "foreign" is
meant, as it seems to be in this context, does not make it better.  I
think it makes it worse - as well as the "preferred" specific point of
reference, we also have the euphemism.

My suggested replacement was "non-English", which is precisely what is

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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