begin Paul Jakma quotation:
>> It's entirely possible that the regular (Irish-originated!) meaning for
>> the word "boycott" applies, here ("do not patronise")
>> i've never known of that meaning being given to 'boycott'.
As you suggest (not quoted here), the term was inspired by the
bloody-minded unreasonableness of a certain land agent from Perfidious
Albion, Charles C. Boycott, who (circa 1880) persisted in charging
infamously outrageous rents, thus inspiring a (apparently well merited)
concerted refusal to do business with him at all.
Of course, my somewhat jovial point was that it's not at all consistent
with a boycott to keep using some miscreant's products that you already
own. Boycotting means you don't buy _more_ such goods.
But, as I said, it does indeed rather undermine the site's message.
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Rick Moen those who do. And, for the people who like country music,
rick at linuxmafia.com denigrate means 'put down'." -- Bob Newhart
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