[rfk-dev] folding in NKIs from the inform edition

David Griffith dgriffi at cs.csubak.edu
Wed Oct 31 17:27:22 PDT 2012

When I made my Inform6 edition of robotfindskitten, I roughly doubled the 
count of NKIs as were inherited from the standard NKI list.  Would there 
be any objection to folding those into the mix?  One potential problem 
pointed out to me is this one:

   "Clang, clang, clang goes the tranny!"

This is a fractured lyric from "The Trolley Song" from the film "Meet Me 
in St Louis".  I was driving somewhere with a friend of mine when my foot 
slipped off the clutch and the transmission made a clanging sound.  A 
friend who was with me at the time sang this fractured lyric to joke about 
my mistake.

The concern pointed out to me is that this usage of the word "tranny" 
might be offensive to transexuals.  This same friend of mine is fairly 
well-learned in the GLBT lore, so I asked him.  He replied with a confused 
"Well, it depends on how politically correct you want to be.".  So, here's 
the question: should it stay or go?

David Griffith
dgriffi at cs.csubak.edu

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