On the other hand, I am a big fan of Haskell. And we tend to use _ to refer to variables which we don't use in the function. But I do agree with you that having meaningful names is a good practice and could help readability.
Even in Haskell, _ is a bad idea :) Think about the poor intern trying to learn the language while debugging your code. (And it isn't just Haskell...I did a lot of Perl back in the day, which at it best can look like line noise).
BTW since you are a fan of Haskell, I ran across this article the other day that you might enjoy, describing how to structure JS function with Haskell-styl currying.
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