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Re: Yes it's off topic but who cares right now.
From: Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 04:38:55 -0400
On Thu, 13 Sep 2001 09:50:59 +0200, Hank Nussbacher said:
article called "The Making of a Martyr" (Aug 27). The Christian term
martyr refers to someone who was killed at the hand of their enemy due to
their religious beliefs. A suicide bomber takes his own life and those of
his enemies. For those with a Christian background, don't you consider it
an insult to your religion to have a suicide bomber called a martyr after
Unfortunately, unlike the hacker/cracker linguistic debate, the English
language does not have another word for "martyr".
Hmm.. if the Vatican were granted an algorithm patent on the concept of
becoming a martyr, and then sued for damages every time it happend,
it would put a crimp in the terrorist's finances. After all, prior art
or obviousness doesn't seem to be a problem for other software patents.
If it hadn't slipped into mainstream usage, they could also have gone
the trademark route, and stamped 'Martyr(TM)' on some saints, and sued
Naah. I think that word went the way of linoleum, but a millenia before...
On the other hand, does anybody know the equivalent Arabic term? Perhaps
using that might make for an alternative - it seems that most of the
candidates that make the news are Muslim or Judeo-Christian. But then,
I'm sure that CNN just isn't reporting on that sort of thing when
it involves the other half of the world population....