[PD] unposting text from the console.
mpuckett at imusic1.ucsd.edu
Fri Jul 6 18:35:54 CEST 2007
I recommend in French to call it, "dP", in order to avoid confusion...
On Fri, Jul 06, 2007 at 12:27:03PM -0400, Mathieu Bouchard wrote:
> On Fri, 6 Jul 2007, Steffen wrote:
> >On 30/06/2007, at 19.29, Mathieu Bouchard wrote:
> >>If DD is a size, I wonder how big the PD size is.
> Well that was a joke. What's much less of a joke is that every
> French-speaking knows what PD sounds like: it sounds like going to prison
> for playing with the children. In less enlightened times it was also used
> as a slang word for gay (which nowadays would be denounced as being an
> extremely inflammatory association).
> Now, Miller lived in Paris in the 80's, which is pretty much when and
> where the word p?d? meant both those things. What led Miller to create Pd
> was a disagreement with his former employer in Paris. Guess what Pd is
> named after. Someone told me it stood for "pay day", but it wouldn't quite
> fit with Miller's humour so far.
> Anyway, whatever the intention was, in French, pd users are more likely to
> say PureData than "pd" except when they believe no-one will make fun of
> it. The initials are hard to avoid using. I find that even in French
> people tend to pronounce those letters as English in order to avoid saying
> p?d? (I mean in Montr?al; I don't have much contact with France).
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