On Fri, 29 Sep 2006, yves wrote:

> Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 10:38:23 -0700
> From: yves <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: 'Alan Horkan' <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Subject: RE: [Gimp-user] Please Change the Derogatory Name
>
> Can somebody explain what is 'wrong' with that name?
> Yves

"lameness: disability of walking due to crippling of the legs or feet"
http://www.google.com/search?q=define%3Agimp

This is the commonly understood meaning of the word for most English
speakers and it is considered derogatory, like calling someone a cripple.

Another less commonly used meaning - but well known from the film Pulp
Fiction (1994) - can be found here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimp_(sadomasochism)
The developers are very familiar with this meaning as it is referenced
in the following bug report they insist on leaving open
"Fun - GIMP becomes enraged upon donning of leather mask"
http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10686
GIMP was started in 1995.

There are other meanings such as a type of knot or braid but I was
unfamiliar with those meanings until people tried to defend the name.


--
Alan
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