James Britt wrote:

> Ruby is mentioned only sporadically in his book, and mostly 
> in the latter chapters, but in this essay he goes so far as to say that 
> if you showed Lisp to hackers in 1975, and said it was a dialect of Lisp 
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Duh.

I meant to paraphrase Graham as saying:
... if you showed Ruby to hackers in 1975, and said it was a dialect of 
Lisp with some syntax added, no one would argue otherwise.