> Luca de Alfaro wrote:
>> I, for one, don't believe that open source projects should necessarily
>> avoid slang words. "Gimp" is a relatively obscure slang word. Let me
>> define this: most English speakers speak English as a second language,
>> and i bet 99% of them are not familiar with the unofficial uses of the
>> word "Gimp". From the responses to similar threads in the past, not
>> even a majority of US speakers knows the meaning of "Gimp" (of course,
>> this may not be necessarily true locally in all communities).
>> Moreover, these slang uses come and go. Yes, they may offend a small
>> percent of US users, but that's far from the majority. There are too
>> many such slang words that come and go to worry about them.
1. Gimp means "to walk with a limp" in English and is slang. Oddly, it
also means "vigor, spirit" and that is not slang. It also means " a
stiff trim border or course thread used for making outlines of designs
or designs on garments." This also is not slang. Most English speakers
generally relate gimp to the slang variant, most of us are familiar with
it and most of us consider it to be something negative.
2, The vast majority of English speakers have no reason to know the
meaning of GIMP, as it applies to the graphics application suite. They
don't use it and most would find it to difficult to use even if they did
know what it was. They always have something much less complicated and
more understandable to them to meet their everyday needs. The same most
probably is true in most parts of the world.
3. The Linux community, in general, has always been stuck on naming
their functions, progs, apps, etc. in a manner that someone heavy into
programming and development can relate to but it always seems to leave
the actual application user in the fog because they cannot relate it to
what it actually is or does. They get stuck with the technical
description. Imagine if Corel developed Draw! under the name VGRP for
vector graphics rendering program. Corel VGRP! Oh yeah, that would go
over like a lead balloon.
4. An application should always be named with the target audience being
considered if you're looking for product exposure. In the case of The
Gimp, the target audience is not programmers and software developers.
When the intended audience sees the name they need it to relate to
"graphics" in their thoughts. The word Gimp does not even come close. It
gives us mere mortals absolutely no indication of what it actually is or
does, even though it has tremendous artistic and image manipulation
5. The Gimp's GUI, unfortunately, is in direct opposition to human logic
and our normal thought patterns. I have no other way to describe it. I
know of no one under any OS that emulates The Gimp's GUI strategy.
There's probably good reason for that.
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