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Re: `set-variable' should use :set

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: `set-variable' should use :set
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:02:50 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

"Drew Adams" <address@hidden> writes:

>> >  ("Obsolete" is not a verb BTW (e.g. "obsoleted"),
>> It is, according at least to
>> - Free Merriam-Webster: http://mw1.m-w.com/dictionary/obsoleted
>> - Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary:
>> http://machaut.uchicago.edu/?resource=Webster%27s&word=obsolete
> Oh, fun.
> The first of those URLs claims that as a verb it is (only) transitive ("You
> obsoleted the bike"). The second of those claims that as a verb it is (only)
> intransitive ("You obsoleted, but the bike obsoleted first").

The second is from 1913.  The first is current.  Since Emacs 19.13 has
been obsolete for quite a while, I'd go with the latter, namely the

> Customize obsoletes `set-variable' the same way stalking and killing
> your own deer, cleaning it, transporting it, and stewing it obsoletes
> just grabbing a bowl of venison stew at the hunting lodge.  Customize
> is an adventure; `set-variable' is sans drama.

Until you picked up the slack.

David Kastrup

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