Python is readable
steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Fri Mar 16 19:50:31 CET 2012
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>
>> 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:
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Also like these:
Example: this is an example of a colon following a sentence fragment.
Last update: Oct 4, 2007.
They even use the reverse construction:
Lists, quotations, explanations, examples: some of the things
which follow after a colon.
Check the use of colons here:
I count at least ten colons on the page (including the title) and *not
one of them* uses a complete sentence before the colon.
While it is common for the clause preceding the colon to be an
independent clause (i.e. it would stand alone as a complete sentence) it
is not required that it be so.
I think I'll end this with a quote from Gore Vidal:
"The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so."
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