On Jan 24, 2:59 pm, Joel VanderWerf <v... / path.berkeley.edu> wrote:
> Paulus Esterhazy wrote:
> > Phrogz schrieb:
> >  > Trans wrote:
> >  >> This months word:
>
> >  >>   quin?tes?sence
>
> >  > a) LOL @ your topic :)
> >  > b) Too long
>
> >  >>   3 : the most typical example or representative <the quintessence of
> >  >> calm>
>
> >  > c) The most typical example or representative of an instance is its
> >  > class, IMO; the eigenclass (I'm trying to get used to the word since
> >  > Matz is leaning that way) is a special case.
>
> > If it's only too long, try:
>
> > quiddity
> > haecceity
>
> >http://dictionary.reference.com/search?r=2&q=haecceityNot bad. It probably doesn't run the risk of conflicting with any prior
> use of those words in a ruby context!
>
> If we're golfing... how about "qua"?
>
> Meaning, "in the capacity of". (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Qua)
>
> It's a bit of a stretch, I admit. We'd use it like this:
>
> "I added a #size method to the qua-class of my object, so you can use it
> in your library that needs #size."
>
> This is a way of saying that my object acts in the capacity of a sized
> object.
>
> And then we have a fun bogus etymology for "qua-ck". We can use quack as
> the verb form of qua:
>
> "The object quacks #size, because #size is defined in its qua-class"

Would you believe...

  require 'facets/core/kernel/qua_class' (version 1.8)

Great minds think alike ;-)

T.