[Python-3000] Derivation of "pass" in Python (was Re: PEP: Supporting Non-ASCII Identifiers)

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Tue May 1 18:54:49 CEST 2007

> Thus, when someone is offered something, they may say, "I'll pass",
> meaning they are declining to act.  Ergo, to "pass" in Python is to
> decline to give up the opportunity to act.

Ah, ok. It would then be similar to "Passe!" in German, which is
used in card games, if you don't play a card, but instead hand
over to the next player. Even though this is clearly the same
ancestry, it never occurred to me that the same meaning is also
present in English (also, "passen" is somewhat oldish now, so
I don't use it actively myself).


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