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Discussion on: Sh*tpost: can we stop saying "syntactic sugar"?

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Nigel Thorne

"It's just Syntactic sugar" says "There is another way to do this in the language already". This statement is only valuable if used in the form "It's just Syntactic sugar for ...". This explains new syntax in terms of the verbose version a person already understands. That has valuable. It's like saying "Don't panic it's just a new way to say ...."