Many years ago, I learned to respond to all such provocations with a gentle, monkish smile and a disarming word. (Go ahead, be an actor ... just make something up. Then fake an incoming phone-call of exceptional urgency and, upon your return, make a beeline for a different table.)
People will sometimes say things “just to get a rise out of you,” and when the drops of blood finally dry upon the walls, what has been accomplished? Zilch. So, just don’t bother taking the bait.
Every programming language ever made by man (and, probably, every other possible contrivance, as well...) has features about which one might say, “oh, if I had it to do all over again, I <would | wouldn’t> ...” But, you don’t. It’s done. Zillions of copies of it are now in-production all over the planet and, believe it or not, they’re working.
P.S.: If you remain convinced that you have discovered some Universal Truth that no one else in our profession has yet discovered, go ahead and Create Another Language.™ (Note that the moniker, “Silver Bullet,” is already taken, but there are still plenty of both bland and sexy-sounding names left to choose from.) It is usually a good idea to have prepared the book and the initial worldwide lecture tour well in advance. A certification program wouldn’t hurt, either. The world always needs Another Silver Bullet. Always room for one more.
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