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1 year ago
A quote by Alan Perlis says,
When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.
Such a programming language doesn't exist and Perlis is being critical of the ignorance of the person. But what does "give him a lollipop" mean exactly? Can you give a few more example sentences where this idiom is used?
Jun 4, 2022 at 8:01
this site, when you give someone a lollipop, you are treating him as a "nice but useless person who you don’t want to involve but also you don’t want to be excluded".
Give him a lollipop and let him sit & listen to the discussion.
There is a tone of condescension in this phrase, and in your example Perlis is clearly critical of the ignorance of the person.
Jun 4, 2022 at 8:29
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