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Re: st: including parentheses in stata helpfile


From   Sergiy Radyakin <serjradyakin@gmail.com>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: including parentheses in stata helpfile
Date   Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:59:37 -0400

And the classy page here is also quite entertaining:
http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2008/06/ascii-pronunciation-rules-for-programmers.html
Does anybody know what's the story behind the "wax/wane" naming?

Nick, in quite a few languages ({[< are denoted with two words, where
one is responsible for the concept of 'join' and the other for
'shape'. Hence whatever English word you first learn for 'join'
usually sticks for life. Thus I am more likely to say "round brackets"
and "square brackets", rather than "parentheses" and "brackets" (and
to some extent because of the excruciating pain of spelling
parentheses/parenthesis).

Best, Sergiy

On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 3:50 AM, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
> I have never heard { } being called parentheses before
>
> For a comprehensive, and also informative and entertaining, list see
>
> http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/A/ASCII.html
>
> Nick
> njcoxstata@gmail.com
>
> On 11 June 2013 05:59, Stas Kolenikov <skolenik@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> help smcl##ascii gives:
>>
>> {c -(}    { (left curly brace)
>> {c )-}    } (right curly brace)
>
>> On Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM, Matthias Schonlau
>
>>> How Do I put a parenthesis in a (user-written) stata help file example?  My helpfile includes this line:
>>>         forval i=1/5 open bracket
>>> but should read
>>>         forval i=1/5 {
>>> The problem is that
>>>         {p 4 8 2}{inp:. forval i=1/5 open bracket }
>>> Already contains a }.  Thanks for suggestions!
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