[Python-3000] PEP: Supporting Non-ASCII Identifiers

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Wed May 2 04:38:57 CEST 2007

Martin v. Löwis wrote:

> I still don't understand why the "no operation" statement is called
> "pass" - it's not the opposite of "fail", and seems to have no
> relationship to "can you pass me the butter, please?".

It's "pass" as in "pass through", i.e. move on to the next
statement without stopping to do anything.

Also there's an idiom that you hear in a setting such as
a quiz show, where a contestant will say "Pass", meaning
"I don't know the answer to that, give me the next


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