Condescension, hah! Irony is dripping thick.
Lispers are generally on the opposite side of condescension. Comes with the territory of dealing with the language that is most famous for being unknown. It usually makes them over-excited about stuff to the point that they won't mind spending days explaining things to random people (witness how weak comp.lang.lisp is in the face of random trolls). (Just ask +Eric Hanchrow
Yet time and again they're pushed
into positions that make it seem like they are. Like that time when someone wrote a post about catch and throw, revelling in self-admitted lisp-ignorance wrt exception handling, not pausing for a few seconds to see that they're right there, under the two slightly obscure names of ... "throw" and "catch" --- and instead gaily hopping onto C++ (the soupiest of all languages!). Is there any
way to say "yes, lisp had this since the early 70s" without sounding condescending? Is there a way to note that lisp was very much the cradle of all flow control research leading to what you find in modern languages without the same?
(Instructions for the reader: complete the circle by concluding that this comment is condescending.)