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Mark Meijer <> writes:

> 2009/2/20 David Kastrup <>:
>> Mark Meijer <> writes:
>>> Jokes aside regarding the sex of the inventor of Cobol and about
>>> ending statements with a period.
>> Close, but no cigar (sometimes a cigar is...).  Misogynist terminology
>> would be "ending _sentences_ with a period".
> Aw heck... I had that, and then "corrected" it to instead say statements...
> Actually, statements are also constructs of natural languages, not
> just programming languages. Admittedly I don't know as much about
> punctuation and syntax structures in Cobol, but I suspect it does have
> statements and not sentences. Unless "sentence" is specific Cobol
> terminology, which then would probably mean "statement" in the context
> of any other programming language.
> Also, one wouldn't generally argue that women speak only one sentence
> between periods.

You are picking the wrong meaning of "sentence".

  Sentence \Sen"tence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sentenced}; p. pr. &
     vb. n. {Sentencing}.]
     1. To pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to
        punishment; to prescribe the punishment of.
        [1913 Webster]
              Nature herself is sentenced in your doom. --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To decree or announce as a sentence. [Obs.] --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. To utter sententiously. [Obs.] --Feltham.
        [1913 Webster]

Man is sentenced to bear all consequences of PMS, ending with a period.

> Good thing I'm no misogynist!

Nobody is perfect.

David Kastrup