Guido's new method definition idea

I V ivlenin at
Sun Dec 7 21:56:40 CET 2008

On Sat, 06 Dec 2008 16:34:56 -0800, Erik Max Francis wrote:
> `$` as a shortcut for self, on the other hand, gives absolutely no
> mnemonic indication what it stands for, and users would be simply left
> guessing.

However, $ is sometimes used as an alternative way of writing S̸ (I've 
attempted to write here S followed by U+0338 COMBINING LONG SOLIDUS 
OVERLAY, in order to produce an S with a stroke through it). This is the 
symbol of the "barred subject" in Lacanian psychoanalysis, which is the 
Lacanian symbol for the concept of the "self" (see ).

So, if we want Python to the programming language of choice for Lacanian 
psychoanalysts, perhaps we should adopt the symbol "$" (or even, with 
Python 3's support for unicode identifiers, S followed by U+0388) instead 
of "self."

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