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Found in the GNU gettext FAQ:

_GNU gettext on Windows_

_What does Woe32 mean?_

“Woe32” denotes the Windows 32-bit operating systems for x86: Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista and Windows 95/98/ME. Microsoft uses the term “Win32” to denote these; this is a psychological trick in order to make everyone believe that these OSes are a “win” for the user. However, for most users and developers, they are a source of woes, which is why I call them “Woe32”.

-- I suppose Stallman wrote that?

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