The Name of the Name

Mark S. Miller erights at
Wed Aug 1 13:26:44 PDT 2012

I like it. +1.

On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM, Kevin Reid <kpreid at> wrote:
> 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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