[Haskell-cafe] Cabal packages -> cabbages

Conor McBride conor at strictlypositive.org
Tue Sep 22 06:03:47 EDT 2009

Hi Jason

On 22 Sep 2009, at 10:04, Jason Dusek wrote:

> 2009/09/21 Conor McBride <conor at strictlypositive.org>:
>> ...or have unpleasant memories of being made to eat sulphurous
>> overboiled cabbage on pain of no pudding.
>  Well, maybe the Cabal cabbages are Napa cabbages or red
>  cabbages or pickled cabbages or Savoy cabbages?

Mmm. Kimchi!

>  It is too bad, really, that a wholesome vegetable -- good raw
>  or pickled or in little salady things like coleslaw -- finds
>  itself used as a disincentive.

I quite agree. Despite the best efforts of school kitchens, I
remain stubbornly enthusiastic for the humble cabbage. In fact,
I rather think I'll fetch one for my dinner.

I'm just suggesting that the marketing department consider the
variety of connotations and suggestions the term evokes before
adopting it: legendary backfirings abound (the Spanish sales
failure of a car called the "nova", for example). And what
disturbs me is just how scarily spot-on the wholesome vegetable
metaphor turns out to be.

The time has come...


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