permuting several lists (was Re: [Python-Dev] zip() and list-comprehension with commas)

Eric S. Raymond
Wed, 12 Jul 2000 22:54:09 -0400

Guido van Rossum <>:
> twine
> entwine

Not bad.

> intertwine
> interweave

Too long.

> interlace

Nah.  Interlace is something you do with video.

> interspeerse

Too long.

> If none of these appeal, I say let's use zip and end this impossibly
> long thread.

zip() has known problems -- people *will* associate it with compression.
Which is too bad, it's a great image.
		<a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to
liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses
in return for protection to his own.
	-- Thomas Jefferson, 1814