Re: [Gimp-user] OT: Gimp name-picking (Was: Need help repairing image)

On 12/27/2011 11:44 PM, Dotan Cohen wrote:
On Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 04:30, Patrick Horgan <phorgan1 yahoo com> wrote:
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Thank you for that insight!
You're welcome.

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I have asked both native English speakers and ESL about the name Gimp,
the _only_ response that I have ever gotten was the limp and the
sexual fetish. The etymology may go back to different meanings, but
for people who lived in the last few decades only the negative
connotations remain.

Try it, ask someone "What is a proton?", "What is a hard drive?",
"What is a gimp?" and see what answers they give you.\
Ok.  I did.  I asked a lot of random people and about half had no idea,
and most of the rest said it was a limp.  Interestingly, younger geeks
(don't get started on possible meanings of THAT!) all knew it was an
image editor.  Apparently people who want to do things like mod skins
for minecraft prefer GIMP.  No one said the sexual fetishist, but I
probably don't run in the right circles for that.

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In any case, I have no vested interest in promoting GIMP adoption, I
have only presented it as part of my job. I present my findings to
those who might find them actionable, here on the list. I won't appeal
to emotion or argue about it, I only state what I find: the name GIMP
is tainted. You might as well name the program Swastika (which was a
symbol of peace before the Third Reich).
That's a fairly extreme metaphor to use right after saying you wouldn't
appeal to emotion, no?

I've introduced some to GIMP and found others already using it and no
one has mentioned being put off by the name yet.  I believe that it
offends you but I think you're an outlier.


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