[Python-checkins] bpo-43199: Briefly explain why no goto (GH-24852)

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bpo-43199: Briefly explain why no goto (GH-24852)

Answer "Why is there no goto?" in the Design and History FAQ.
(cherry picked from commit 5e29021a5eb10baa9147fd977cab82fa3f652bf0)

Co-authored-by: Terry Jan Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu>

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 Why is there no goto?
-You can use exceptions to provide a "structured goto" that even works across
+In the 1970s people realized that unrestricted goto could lead
+to messy "sphagetti" code that was hard to understand and revise.
+In a high-level language, it is also unneeded as long as there
+are ways to branch (in Python, with ``if`` statements and ``or``,
+``and``, and ``if-else`` expressions) and loop (with ``while``
+and ``for`` statements, possibly containing ``continue`` and ``break``).
+One can also use exceptions to provide a "structured goto"
+that works even across
 function calls.  Many feel that exceptions can conveniently emulate all
 reasonable uses of the "go" or "goto" constructs of C, Fortran, and other
 languages.  For example::
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+Answer "Why is there no goto?" in the Design and History FAQ.

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