On Wed, May 7, 2008 at 9:05 PM, David A. Black <dblack / rubypal.com> wrote:
> Hi --
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>  On Thu, 8 May 2008, Robert Dober wrote:
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>  I don't dislike the word monkey (and of course none of this has to do
>  with actual monkeys) but it occurs typically in phrases like
>  "monkeying around" and "monkey business" and "monkeying with", all of
>  which have to do with meddling, incompetent, ill-advised behaviors.
> "Monkeypatching" was coined specifically to convey these kinds of
>  connotations. I've heard people argue that it no longer does, because
>  "we" (as opposed to "them") think "monkeypatching" is not bad. I don't
>  think modifying existing classes is inherently good or bad, and I
>  don't like reducing the issues involved to a kind of up-or-down vote
>  based on whether or not one thinks the word "monkeypatching" is
>  negative.
I see some ignorance of subtle semantics from part of a non native
speaker, thx for dotting the Ts and crossing the Is ;)
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> > Do you have the experience that the expression MP is confusing for
> beginners?
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>  I don't know, because I've never used the term "monkeypatching" except
>  in discussions of the term itself, and it's never come up in a class.
Interesting...

thx David
R.