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W. E. Perry scripsit:

> > Uhhh, no.  You can't mandate intent through syntax.
> Preaching to the choir. I argue that constantly, often to little effect. 

You can't mandate intent at all, in fact.  As good old Blackstone tells us,
the devil himself knoweth not the mind of man.  The most you can do is punish
or reward behavior that we have agreed that the reasonable man will interpret
as compelling evidence of intent, the outward and visible sign of an inward
and spiritual grace (or dis-grace), in fact.

First known example of political correctness:   John Cowan
"After Nurhachi had united all the other        http://www.reutershealth.com
Jurchen tribes under the leadership of the      http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
Manchus, his successor Abahai (1592-1643)       jcowan@reutershealth.com
issued an order that the name Jurchen should       --S. Robert Ramsey,
be banned, and from then on, they were all         _The Languages of China_
to be called Manchus."


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