Hey, if we'll killing off builtins, I vote for apply().
Agreed, it's redundant. You can help by checking in documentation that marks it as deprecated and code that adds a PendingDeprecationWarning to it (unfortunately it's so common that I wouldn't want to risk a plain DeprecationWarning).
BTW, I recently find myself longing for an extension of the *args, **kw syntax, as follows:
foo(1, 2, 3, *args, 5, 6, 7, **kw) ^^^^^^^ This part is currently not allowed.
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/%7Eguido/)