Nick Coghlan asked Marc-Andre Lemburg:
There's clearly something that bothers you about this though, and I'd like to understand what it is. Does the term 'context' carry additional, more specific, connotations for you that I'm simply not taking into account?
To me, a context is much larger than a single object.
That said, I can't think of any better words. It *might* be worth noting that context managers don't have to control the entire context -- they will often affect only one small facet, and it is OK to nest them if you want to control more than that.