Backticks: What up?

Peter Hansen peter at
Wed Apr 28 15:07:20 CEST 2004

Steven Brent wrote:

> I was wondering why the backticks in the following fragment:
>         return 'Here's the result: ' + ``
> My guess is that in a return statement (as opposed to a print statement)
> it's necessary to do this in order to get the instance attribute
> as a string, so it can be concatenated with the 'Here's the result: '
> string.
> What exactly do the backticks do, then? Just return the result of an
> expression as a string? Does my guess make sense and / or is it correct?
> Elucidations and gentle ridicule welcome.

I was looking for the proper language ref but sometimes they
can be hard to track down:


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