Musing over Namespaces

Steve Schafer pandeng at
Tue Dec 14 21:25:19 GMT 1999

On Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:37:10 -0800, "Don Park" <donpark at>

>"Why isn't there namespaces in normal languages like English?"

There are most certainly namespaces in English. _Every_ trade and
profession has its own terminology and jargon, which uses the same
words used elsewhere but which have very context-specific

Even when you restrict yourself to casual conversation, a milkshake in
Boston is a very different thing from a milkshake in Los Angeles. In a
London pub, a man might ask a woman who was getting up to leave, "Mind
if I pinch your seat?" Saying the same thing in New York might result
in him ending up on the floor.

-Steve Schafer

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