Quotes of the week
Posted Mar 17, 2007 16:25 UTC (Sat) by hingo
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Parent article: Quotes of the week
Uh, I'm a European, can I say something?
All European countries are Christian. Northern Europe is Protestant (Lutheran, Anglican), Southern is Catholic and Eastern is (Greek) Orthodox. That being said, most countries today are secular, meaning people are not religious although they do belong to a church and may or may not visit it at Christmas time.
Same goes for my understanding of the word profane. The phrase "Jesus Christ" in the above context is certainly profane purely by definition. Whether a particular reader is aggravated by such profanity is another matter entirely, I certainly am not. As for Europe, at least in Northern Europe a grand mother would likely use that phrase for exclamation. Unless she is religious, in which case she would not dare speak such profanities. See?
Now there... With this post I'm not only off-topic, I'm also teaching Americans English. Where is LWN going...
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