Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 380. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-01-24 19:49:16+00:00 From: Francois Lachance
Subject: The Place of Humour in Humanities Computing Willard, I have been trawling through the literature on overlapping hierarchies and have repeatedly come across puns and other forms of humour. One of the outstanding examples comes from Steve deRose [quote] This model, originally named HORSE (Hierarchy-Obfuscating Really Spiffy Encoding) may seem wooden at first, but soon it comes to look quite natural. With its spartan syntax it should be attractive; but its name seems less so, and clearly a Muse meant us to rename this model CLIX because of its heavy use of point events scattered throughout the text or data stream: click, clicks, clix. [/quote] The acronym in itself is funny but even more humorous given that it is part of an extended conceit playing with a name: "This approach, which after Troy [Griffiths] is called 'Trojan milestones'". From "Markup Overlap: A Review and a Horse" (2004) http://conferences.idealliance.org/extreme/html/2004/DeRose01/EML2004DeRose01.ht ml Quite apart from the pleasure of sharing such delightful wordplay, I am intrigued about the general question about the place of humour in the exchanges between scholars (one is reminded of Erasmus's play on the name of More in The Praise of Folly) and, in a more contemporary view, its place in particular in the making of humanities computing. Keen on learning more about any jokes that cross linguistic boundaries. -- Francois Lachance Scholar-at-large http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance https://berneval.blogspot.com _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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