On 2018-08-14 02:46, Michael Selik wrote:

On Mon, Aug 13, 2018, 5:48 PM Greg Ewing <greg.ew...@canterbury.ac.nz <mailto:greg.ew...@canterbury.ac.nz>> wrote:

    Chris Angelico wrote:
     > No, lambda calculus isn't on par with brakes - but anonymous
     > are, and if they're called "lambda", you just learn that.

    It's like saying that people would find it easier to learn to
    drive if "brakes" were called "stoppers" or something. I don't
    think that's true.

There isn't much jargon involved in learning to drive and most of it is natural: left turn, right turn, blinkers, etc.

Compare this with learning to sail. I still don't remember which side is starboard.

"Starboard" is the side on which was the "steerboard", the large "board" or oar used for steering the boat, a predecessor of the rudder. Most people are right-handed, so it was put on the right-hand side of the boat.

Given that, it made sense to tie the boat up to a jetty on its unobstructed left-hand side, the "port" side.

Starboard = right, port = left.
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