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I'm... hesitantly okay with "Functor == Mappable", but I really think Monad should be "Embedded DSL" and Monoid "mergeable". Or really Semigroup.

Monad is definitely abnormally difficult to humanize. The trio (T, ∀ a. a -> T a, ∀ a b. (a -> T b) -> (T a -> T b)) is really hard to nail down.




I like "embedded DSL" for Monad, although I think more specialized notions might provide more hooks to hang understanding on in particular cases.

I don't object to "mergeable" for Monoid, but I think I weakly prefer "appendable" since it seems to say a little more about how things merge (and of course the free monoid is exactly that).

Speaking again to the broader context, one thing I really like about Haskell's choice of naming these abstractions after the math is that this type of discussion has no bearing on what types adhere to the abstractions - we're not left arguing over whether Sum and Product are "really" appending, or set intersection is "really" merging. Integers are a clearly monoid under Sum and Product, and set intersection is clearly a semigroup but not a monoid (if our universe is open) because there is no identity.




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