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Or use normal method names chosen by the class author like for example Ruby and many other languages. In the case of the standard library it's easy to be consistent. I concede that in any other case it can be hard or impossible.

About self, it's so strange to define a method with 2 arguments and call it with only one. Not only it's strange, it feels the opposite of being explicit. Most other languages manage to do without that self (Java, Ruby).

I run into another oddity today. Yesterday if forgot about

    a = 0
    if not a:
        print("like in C")

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