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Re: PEP 246, as-a

Ironic. I understand that quote perfectly well, but only as long as I forget nearly everything I know about hammers and screwdrivers. No problem there, but for the record:

  1. a certain kind of hammer (the claw hammer) can also be used to remove nails (the claw end being the business end in this case); ball-peen hammers, sledge hammers, and various assorted mallets have proven themselves, time and again, ineffective in removing nails. Let's not even imagine jack hammers and steam hammers in the nail removal scenario.
  2. screwdrivers (flat-bladed screwdrivers, anyway) can be used to remove nails with delightful results, and it makes perfect sense to say so.

There's probably some philosophical point to be made here, but its general statement escapes me.

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