The Name of the Name

Kevin Reid kpreid at
Wed Aug 1 13:22:57 PDT 2012

Lisp precedent: Objects which are used to name things (that is, they
are used as keys by identity), and may be not globally-named
themselves, are called symbols.

On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM, Mark S. Miller <erights at> wrote:
> Now that we have both private Names and unique Names, the general
> category covering both is simply Names. Properties can therefore be
> indexed by strings or Names. Strings are the ones consisting of a
> sequence of characters that can typically be pronounced. Names are
> anonymous identities.
> In the real world, names and identities are distinct concepts, and
> names are the one corresponding to a unique sequence of characters
> that can be pronounced.
> Is "Name" exactly the wrong name for a opaque unique identity
> typically used to index a property? Is there a better term?
> --
>     Cheers,
>     --MarkM
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