Call for signatories for J2

Shalabh Chaturvedi shalabh at cafepy.com
Thu Aug 26 20:03:15 CEST 2004


Doug Holton wrote:
> Tim Hochberg wrote:
> 
>> I also have a weak preference for 'per' over 'using', FWIW. The 
>> shortness of 'per' is one virtue. Another is that, because it's 
>> slightly obscure, it may be easier to indoctrinate users that 
>> 'per...def' is the correct order, not 'def...per'. For me at least 
>> it's 'obvious' that if 'using...def' works then so should 
>> 'def...using', which of course it can't.
> 
> Even in common English usage, "per" usually comes in the middle of a
> phrase, not the beginning, like "miles per hour" or "Changes were made
> to the manuscript per the author's instructions"  (people would more 
> commonly use the phrase "according to" rather than "per" there).
> 
> None of those uses bare any resemblance to how decorators affect
> functions.  "per:" by itself on a line is pretty much meaningless.
> Looks more like you misspelled pre.

As per meaning #3 of the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary [1], per also 
means 'according to'. In fact when I first saw the suggestion of 'per' I 
could immediately make sense of it in that context. I'm still debating 
whether to vote for or abstain, since I'm not that fond of 'using'.

Cheers,
Shalabh

[1] http://m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=per&x=0&y=0




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