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There is site learn you a haskell with title "Learn You a Haskell for Great Good!". Does "Great Good" mean "very very good"? Does the whole phrase mean "learning Haskell is good for you" or "learning Haskell is good for whole world" or something else?

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I think it's a Haskell joke, playing on the functional programming style used in that language.

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I'm inclined to believe you, but that answer seems too easy without a more specific/detailed explanation. –  Thom Blake Oct 15 '11 at 19:01

I'd be more inclined to interpret "for Great Good" as a form of "for the Greater Good".

In that case it corresponds with "learning Haskell is good for whole world" per your suggestion.

Compare to "Making the world a better place, one person at a time".

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It could mean 'good' in the economic sense, where it is a noun. But somehow I doubt it.

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I'm inclined to think it's a parody of "For great justice!" from the badly-translated game, Zero Wing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_your_base_are_belong_to_us

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It's a deliberate mistake, as is "Learn You". I think this is based on a comedy routine by Baron Sacha Cohen called Borat.

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There are a lot of deliberate mistakes in that tutorial (among many other wonderful jokes). They’re a rather good parody of common mistakes by inexperienced non-native speakers. –  PLL Dec 23 '10 at 4:28
    
Unfortunately, as this question demonstrates, it's flagrantly irresponsible. –  Lightness Races in Orbit May 30 '13 at 18:00

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