Explanation of this Python language feature? [x for x in x for x in x] (to flatten a nested list)

Larry Hudson orgnut at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 30 09:32:58 CEST 2014


On 03/29/2014 10:52 PM, Mark H Harris wrote:
> On 3/29/14 10:45 AM, Mark Lawrence wrote:
>> On 29/03/2014 08:21, Mark H Harris wrote:
>>>
>>>     Yes. Well, as the joke goes, if you're trilingual you speak three
>>> languages, if you're bilingual you speak two languages, if you're
>>> monolingual you're an American (well, that might go for Australia too,
>>> maybe). When whole continents speak the same language that tends to
>>> happen.
>>
>> You mean like the USA, where I saw an ad in a shop for a bilingual shop
>> assistant?  Or is Spanish so like US English it doesn't count as a
>> separate language?
>
> I'm not sure what point you are trying to make. We have people here from all over the earth, and
> enough illegal immigrants speaking Spanish to account for a population about the size of Ohio.
> But, Americans are mostly monolingual. ...point of fact.
>

I believe the point is your generalized use of "American".  After all, Mexicans are Americans 
too, as well as Canadians, Peruvians and ...

Unfortunately, there is no good word for "USA-ian".  "United States Citizen" is too long and 
awkward and "United Statesian" is ridiculous.  The common usage of "American" for this is at 
best ambiguous, and definitely inaccurate (as well as chauvinistic, and rather insulting to 
other North and South Americans outside the US).

      -=- Larry -=-




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