A critic of Guido's blog on Python's lambda
kentilton at gmail.com
Wed May 10 17:22:02 CEST 2006
Boris Borcic wrote:
> Ken Tilton wrote:
>> "Now if you are like most people, you think that means X. It does not."
> As far as natural language and understanding are concerned, "to mean"
> means conformity to what most people understand, Humpty Dumpties
Nonsense. You are confusing that quality of natural language with most
people's quality of being sloppy readers, or in your case, a sloppy
thinker. Misapplying an analogy is not a question of usage -- when I
said spreadsheet and they thought of spreadsheets, so far so good,
right? -- it just sloppiness and laziness.
I do it, too, all the time. :) Life is too short, we get by precisely by
using partial information.
You remind me of American educators recent (past several decades, that
is) history of apologizing for asking students to work and softening the
curriculum until they all get A's.
Here is another analogy. Sometimes people hit the gas and think they hit
the brake pedal. They crash around a parking lot pushing the gas pedal
down harder and harder. Did they take out the brake pedal to avoid that
confusion? No, they put an interlock between the brake and the ignition key.
Same thing. :)
"Have you ever been in a relationship?"
Attorney for Mary Winkler, confessed killer of her
minister husband, when asked if the couple had
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