Talk:nil

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nil[edit]

Rfd-sense: sense 3. Seems to be from a programming language, in this case I don't think we want it here, much like those APL entries that were deleted before. -- Prince Kassad 19:02, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

That specific definition is from Lisp (where it denotes false -slash- an empty list), but other languages use it similarly (for example, in Standard ML it denotes an empty list, and in Objective-C it denotes a null object reference); and my old algorithms textbook used it in English sentences in a relatively programming-language–neutral way (see http://books.google.com/books?id=NLngYyWFl_YC&pg=PA206&dq=nil). So it may be better to broaden the def than to delete it. —RuakhTALK 19:36, 1 September 2010 (UTC)

Ruakh may be right, but with no changes or objections more than 9 months later I'm deleting and closing it. If anyone has a better definition, it can be re-added. Ƿidsiþ 12:25, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

For those interested in re-adding, the original definition that failed RFD was "The [[atom]] representing the [[empty]] [[list]], also interpreted as false.". --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 03:33, 20 July 2012 (UTC)