Linus' second quote (somewhat off-topic)
Posted Apr 19, 2009 0:04 UTC (Sun) by pr1268
In reply to: Linus' second quote (somewhat off-topic)
Parent article: Quotes of the week
Yeah, I also thought that question wasn't really a bright one.
Go ahead and criticize my comment—I really don't care.
But, (1) I did qualify the original question with the word fluently, (2) it's not unreasonable to assume that Linus spoke Swedish much more than any other language (including Finnish) while growing up and around family (I may be wrong here), and (3) as an American, I can think of several other Americans who can't speak English worth crap. (Of course, that only reflects badly on Americans and not other countries, like Scandinavia, where literacy and multi-lingual fluency rates are amongst the highest in the world.)
I thought it was a decent question, even if it did have a hint of rhetoric.
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