Builtin function versus new syntax for PEP308 -- was Re: PEP308: Yet another syntax proposal

Steven Taschuk staschuk at telusplanet.net
Thu Feb 13 12:45:40 CET 2003

Quoth Chermside, Michael:
  [on short-circuiting in a ternary operator]
> Finally, I refer you to the PEP (http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0308.html),
> where this is summarized nicely. That section ends with:
> > Still, the point is moot since the BDFL opposes solutions
> > which do not provide short-circuit behavior.
> "Moot"[1] means "Subject to debate; arguable" [...]

MWCD10 says:
    3 moot adj (ca. 1587) 1 a : open to question : DEBATABLE b :
    subjected to discussion : DISPUTED 2 : deprived of practical
    significance : made abstract or purely academic

Context suggests that sense 2 is the one intended in the PEP, your
reference notwithstanding.  (And in fact, in my experience sense 1
is very nearly unattested.)

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