On Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 10:38:34 AM UTC-7, Frank Shute wrote:
> Hi Graham,
> What you might want to do is use echom rather than plain echo.
> The former sticks it's output into the message buffer and you can then
> read it with:
> :mes
> HTH.
> Frank

Thank you Frank, that does indeed do the job, but even better, it got me to 
read :h :echom, which led to 'echo-redraw', to force any pending redraw before 
issuing an :echo.  This is preferable as it gets the definition alone, without 
all the other messages.  You can't take anything for granted in vim, I never 
thought to look in the help for :echo, what could possibly be more 

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