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Re^4: Some Insights from a Traveler Between Languages

by tlm (Prior)
on Apr 23, 2005 at 19:50 UTC ( #450788=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: Some Insights from a Traveler Between Languages
in thread Some Insights from a Traveler Between Languages

Maybe it is just as difficult, and that's precisely the problem. Just because some people can learn a particular set of rules and become proficient with them doesn't mean they constitute a good system; consider the Roman numerals, for example.

For the most part I have become sufficiently accustomed to Perl's context scheme that I am not particularly inconvenienced by it, but I know many who struggle with it, and I can't help but notice the irony.

Esprit de l'escalier: Another objection to the subject-verb agreement errors analogy is that such errors are benign, in the sense that they rarely, if ever, lead to serious misunderstandings (if they did they would have been weeded out of the language long before the appearance of the first grammarians). In contrast, context-related errors in Perl are not benign.

the lowliest monk


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Re^5: Some Insights from a Traveler Between Languages
by TimToady (Parson) on Apr 23, 2005 at 20:12 UTC
    Well, hey, it took me 14 years to notice the irony myself. I've always been kind of slow. Please do me a favor and read at least the Synopses on Perl 6 and tell me what ironies I'll be noticing 14 years from now. :-)
Re^5: Some Insights from a Traveler Between Languages
by stefp (Vicar) on Apr 30, 2005 at 16:48 UTC
    Esprit de l'escalier
    
    In French, you would say esprit d'escalier because this kind of spirit has some "escalier" property. Esprit de l'escalier would refer to the spirit of some "escalier" made clear by the context.

    -- stefp

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