Python is readable

Neil Cerutti neilc at norwich.edu
Fri Mar 16 20:35:34 CET 2012


On 2012-03-16, Steven D'Aprano <steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info> wrote:
> On Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:53:24 +0000, Neil Cerutti wrote:
>
>> On 2012-03-16, Steven D'Aprano <steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info>
>> wrote:
>>> Ah, perhaps you're talking about *prescriptivist* grammarians, who
>>> insist on applying grammatical rules that exist only in their own
>>> fevered imagination. Sorry, I was talking about the other sort, the
>>> ones who apply the grammatical rules used by people in real life. You
>>> know the ones: linguists. My mistake.
>> 
>> I am not pedantic. You are wrong.
>
> Whether you like it or not, it simply is a fact that in English
> (I won't speak for other languages) people use colons without
> the first clause *necessarily* being a complete sentence. They
> write things like this:

People spell your name Stephen, sometimes too. Thinking of changing it?

Gore Vidal's quote has panache, a valid compensation for breaking
the usual rule. How many other uses on that page are similar?

-- 
Neil Cerutti



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