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Re: What is the origin of the nickname, "Texas quotes"?

From: Thom Boyer <t...@boyers.org>
Thu, 06 Dec 2007 12:12:36 -0700
Larry Wall wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 06, 2007 at 09:36:36AM -0700, Thom Boyer wrote:>   >> From S02:>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------>>>>    The double angles may be written either with French quotes, «$foo>>    @bar[]»||, or with "Texas" quotes, <<$foo @bar[]>>,|| as the ASCII>>    workaround.>>>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------>>>> I'm curious about the naming of "Texas" quotes.>>>> My guess is that the name is inspired by the existence of a town called >> Paris, Texas. That city's name might remind you of France, but isn't the >> real thing. Similarly, <<Texas Quotes>>|| might remind you of «French >> Quotes», but they're not quite as elegant.>>>> Have I got that right?>>     >> Good guess, but no.  It comes from the fact that Texas always bragged> about how they were the largest state in the union, and had the biggest> everything, including ten-gallon hats.  That was before we added Alaska.> Now if they pull that stunt we offer to carve Alaska up into 4 states,> in which case Texas would be the 5th largest.>> But Texans still like to think big, and we love 'em all to pieces for it.> Especially Patrick these days... :)>> Larry>   
So, it's because <<this>> is so much bigger than «this», "this", or 'this'?

By the way, as a native Texan, I find offensive your claim that Texas*4 
< Alaska. The truth is hurtful enough:
    Texas*2.1787 = Alaska
I had to carry it out to 4 decimal places so I wouldn't have to round 
the last digit UP.

:-)

=thom



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