This could be an interesting error

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
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.

My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence

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