[Python-Dev] PEP: Consolidating names and classes in the `unittest` module (updated 2008-07-15)
ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Wed Jul 16 14:22:48 CEST 2008
"Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen at xemacs.org> writes:
> The intuition that "fail" is a negative word is thus well-founded in
> standard usage.
That's not the same thing as "fail" being a negative word in the sense
meant by "double negative".
That is, "not fail" is not a double negative; nor is "fail if X is not
inside Y" a double negative. The use of "fail" in those phrases is a
action, a verb, not a "negative".
So, this issue of avoiding "fail" in order to "avoid double negatives"
has no basis in the use of "fail" in unittest.
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