pylint -- should I just ignore it sometimes?

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Fri Oct 22 09:28:48 CEST 2010

On Thu, 21 Oct 2010 20:04:10 +0100, Arnaud Delobelle wrote:

> Steven D'Aprano <steve at> writes:
>> On Thu, 21 Oct 2010 11:37:36 +0200, Jean-Michel Pichavant wrote:
>> By the way:
>>> xCoordinate, yCoordinate, zCoordinate = polygon.nextPointCoordinates()
>> Coordinates are pairs or triples of *ordinates* (no "co"). You can't
>> have an "x coordinate" -- that would be like unpacking a single pair of
>> shoes into a "left-pair" and a "right-pair".
> Wrong, the ordinate is specifically the second coordinate (the first one
> being the abscissa).  I don't think these words are in common use in the
> english speaking world though

I'm pretty sure they never used the term abscissa when I was at 
university, and the word sounds very old fashioned to my ears... like 
something Newton would have said. But I see that both Mathworld and 
Wikipedia agree with you, as does my copy of Collins Dictionary of 
Mathematics, so I stand corrected.


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