I feel the same way as well, i.e. syntax is mostly unimportant. It is the least important part of choosing a programming language.
However, I didn't feel that trying to convince any random person on the internet of that was worth my time so instead I tried to empathize with him because, let's face it, we've all been there (i.e. hating syntax) at one point or another.
It's interesting to note though that in the history of mathematics notation (i.e. syntax) has always been an issue:
But we always accepted the underlying ideas and concepts when we deemed them worthy of consideration.
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