[Python-Dev] re: PEP 279 revisited

Damien Morton Damien.Morton@acm.org
Wed, 24 Apr 2002 08:27:32 -0400


tr.v. nu.mer.at.ed, nu.mer.at.ing, nu.mer.ates 
To enumerate; count.

adj. (-mr-t)
Able to think and express oneself effectively in quantitative terms.

Source: The American HeritageR Dictionary of the English Language,
Fourth Edition

\Nu"mer*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Numerated; p. pr. & vb. n.
Numerating.] [L. numeratus, p. p. of numerare to count. See Number, v.]
(Arith.) To divide off and read according to the rules of numeration;
as, to numerate a row of figures. 

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, C 1996, 1998 MICRA,


Of course, the fundamental operation here is numbering things in a list.



Unfortunatly, the noun/verb ambiguity exists with that suggestion,

I like numerare, it would be a fine suggestion if more of the world
spoke Italian.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alex Martelli [mailto:aleax@aleax.it]
> Sent: Wednesday, 24 April 2002 08:11
> To: Damien Morton; python-dev@python.org
> Subject: Re: [Python-Dev] re: PEP 279 revisited
> On Wednesday 24 April 2002 14:04, Damien Morton wrote:
> > Theres one word that was left out from the discussion.
> >
> > numerate()
> >
> > As far as I can tell, the dictionary meaning is pretty much
> the same
> > as for enumerate, but theres a much stronger association with
> > numbering things (especially for non-latin speakers).
> I think the main use of 'numerate' is as an adjective meaning
> roughly the same as 'literate' but about numbers/maths rather 
> than about 'letters' (words/writing/reading/...).  Didn't 
> know it was a verb in English (in Italian the equivalent 
> "numerare" exists, and means "associate numbers 
> with" more strictly than "enumerare" does, so it _would_ be 
> perfect for a native speaker of Italian -- hardly an 
> important issue, though).
> Alex