.. another mind-expanding experience.  Thanks!
 
> Yes they do. They provide information about _intent_. Granted, some
> aliases have little variance between the meanings, but when you are
> reading someones code, there are two things going on. What does it do
> and why does it do it? The first is closely knit to the love of the
> "There is only one way to do it", since it is easier to figure out what
> the code actually does. (Python?) IMHO, that is akin to treating the
> human brain like a compiler.