This could be an interesting error

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Sep 1 08:34:50 CEST 2014


On 01/09/2014 03:53, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> Mark Lawrence wrote:
>
>>>>>>>         return (pigword)
>>>> These            ^       ^
>>>
>>> Those are parenthesis :P
>>> But not having to use them is a time saver.
>>> Thanks
>>>
>>
>> No they are round brackets, as opposed to square or curly.
>
> True, they are round brackets, but the word "parentheses" is actually older.
>
> According to the Oxford dictionary, the word "parentheses" dates from the
> middle of the 16th century, although the use of it to refer specifically to
> the ( and ) symbols is only from the early 20th century. "Bracket" is about
> a hundred years later, the middle of the 17th century, and didn't start to
> be used for the ( ) symbols themselves until the middle of the 18th.
>

For all I care they could have been around for the entire time that the 
Jurassic Coast has existed.

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Mark Lawrence




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