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a slightly unexpected case of General::spell1

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  • Subject: [mg70920] a slightly unexpected case of General::spell1
  • From: "Chris Chiasson" <chris at chiasson.name>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2006 03:56:20 -0500 (EST)

In[1]:=
System`Dump`$MessagesInHelpBrowserAreKnown=False;
Format[anAbsicssa]="#";

In[3]:=
anAbscissa^2//InputForm

From In[3]:=
General::spell1: Possible spelling error: new symbol name "anAbscissa" is \
similar to existing symbol "#".

Out[3]//InputForm=
anAbscissa^2

Shouldn't Mathematica know that I actually typed anAbscissa as the
input, which is nothing like #?

AFAIK, # isn't even a symbol. It is a special type of input, like @,
that parses to Slot[1], even in environments that don't use
MakeExpression.

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