Point of idle curiosity

Alister alister.ware at ntlworld.com
Mon Nov 19 21:44:31 CET 2012


On Sun, 18 Nov 2012 16:08:34 +0000, Mark Lawrence wrote:

> On 18/11/2012 15:59, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> On Sun, 18 Nov 2012 22:45:43 +1100, Chris Angelico wrote:
>>
>>> (if you'll forgive the pun)
>>>
>>> Is IDLE named after Eric of that name, or is it pure coincidence?
>>
>> Well, IDLE is an IDE. The L doesn't seem to mean anything, so it's
>> plausible that it is named after Eric Idle.
>>
>>
>>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDLE_%28Python%29

i think it is fairly safe to assume that for most (if not all) good 
sounding acronyms the acronym was chosen before the meaning or at least 
chosen from short list of possible meanings because it looked good.



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