Origin of 'self'

MRAB python at mrabarnett.plus.com
Tue Mar 4 18:10:10 CET 2014


On 2014-03-04 14:27, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:47:09 +0000, MRAB wrote:
>
>> In AppleScript a script can refer to the title of a window as
>> "title of window" or "window's title", and it can refer to the
>> title of its own window as "title of window of me" or "me's
>> window's title". Consistent, yes, but bad English.
>>
>> That's why I prefer a programming language not to be too much like
>> a natural language. :-)
>
> But the problem with that is not that it is too much like a natural
> language, but too little like a natural language.
>
The more it's like a natural language, the more intelligent you expect
it to be, and the more you expect it to be able to work out ambiguities
for itself.



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