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They did say "odd" not "wrong" so I'd like to hope the feeling is for slightly less dismissable reasons than an FP fetish. What I would have answered if you asked me years ago would be something like how when you come from another dynamic language you immediately notice the lack of data literal syntax without bringing in your own few-lines reader macro, then there's the need to understand the types of equality predicates, and finally the need to get used to the setf conventions. Once you get used to things though, most of which is just getting used to CL more so than its hash table choices, and discover things like alists or plists as a simpler and syntactically convenient out-of-the-box way of representing the handful of hard-coded key-value pairs which tend to make up a tiny portion of a program, the oddness is replaced by appreciation. So I wonder if the GP thinks along these lines, or some other oddity.

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