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Reply to Mr. Panicker



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> Mr. Roy might have profited from refering at the Dictionary before
expressing
> his umbrage.
>
> Rabid (adj):
> expressing strong feelings (Cambridge Online Dictionary)
> going to extreme lengths in expressing or pursuing a feeling,
interest, or
> opinion (Merriam Webster)
> Marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or
idea
> (WordWeb Dictionary and Thesaurus)

I thank Mr. Panicker for his quotations from Webster as well as the
on-line
dictionaries.   As I have said before, "rabid socialist" is a term well
known to me; it likely derives from quite archaic British usage of the
late
19th or mid 20th centuries.  My objection was to gratuitous rudeness
which
violates IPI's norms.   "Rabid" as in "rabid socialist" being used at
best
metaphorically and not literally.  It is therefore incumbent on Mr. Garg
and
Mr. Tripathi and now Mr. Panicker to explain the usefuleness of the
metaphor
in this context.   Are they saying Bengalis or socialists in some sense
resemble a rabid animal?  I.e., an animal doomed to die, frothing at its

mouth with unreason?   If so, whom do they so identify?   Jyoti Basu?
George Fernandes?  Charu Mazumdar?  Whom?

Also, may I add Mr. Panicker to my list of requests for real names and
addresses, beyond that of his anonymous email address?

Subroto Roy



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