People using single letter variable names be like:
Because f u thats y
(But I do use one-letter names if they're like a local loop variable.)
@penguwin i and x are my favorites
@penguwin That happened i times to me today!
@penguwin longjohnsilveronahorse = longjohnsilver + horse is too much work, so you write ljsoah = ljs + horse
@penguwin Way back in the dark ages of programming when I got my start, there was a character limit in a line of code. Also, much code was typed out on punch cards or in a line oriented editor. Hence, short variable names. This was especially evident in BASIC and Fortran IV.
@penguwin Java raised me to name my variable with 20 characters on average.
@penguwin languages like Go promotes that, and depending on the context I think it makes sense
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