[MPlayer-cvslog] CVS: main AUTHORS,1.176,1.177

Rich Felker dalias at aerifal.cx
Fri Apr 14 04:54:27 CEST 2006

On Thu, Apr 13, 2006 at 05:03:02PM -0700, Corey Hickey wrote:
> Alban Bedel wrote:
> >On Thu, 13 Apr 2006 16:13:14 -0400
> >Rich Felker <dalias at aerifal.cx> wrote:
> >
> >>On Thu, Apr 13, 2006 at 07:45:42PM +0200, Diego Biurrun wrote:
> >>>>But as we have started discussion, could somebody explain me, why the
> >>>>format of the authors file is family name first?
> >>>I reordered the AUTHORS file a long time ago and put it in that order
> >>>because it is less ambiguous.  Hungarians use last name first, many
> >>>other countries have this custom and we basically had a mixed order,
> >>>some names were written last name first, others first name first.
> >>Can I ask why we don't just always write it in the order you say it?
> >
> >In your language, remeber on this planet their is a lot of other cultures
> >and languages with customs different than yours.
> In cultures where the family name is written after the given name, are 
> they spoken that way too? For example, my family name is Hickey and my 
> given name is Corey. In such a culture, would I write my name "Hickey 
> Corey" but speak my name as "Corey Hickey"? Or would I say "Hickey 
> Corey" as well?
> That's not a rhetorical question. I really don't know.
> I don't intend to take an explicit side in this debate, but I do submit 
> that I think "Hickey, Corey" looks funny.

Exactly my sentiment. That kind of thing is written in America still,
but it looks old-fashioned. I suspect it will be gone within another

And BTW, the question about spoken vs written order is interesting. Do
they differ in some cultures?


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