I'm writing a program that accept numbers as parameters. 1 means one thing and 2 means another. So in the help message, I want to express, "to help you memorize/make sense what 1 or 2 stands for, think of" bla bla bla.
Because the help message should be as short as possible, I need to choose the shortest word that clearly express the whole "to help you memorize/make sense what it stands for" thing. So suppose I've chosen a word, or "
~" for time being, and "
:" expresses the idea of "means", my help would look like,
1: one thing ~ the beginning
If the above all sounds too abstracted, here is an concrete example. Just remember that,
:" represents "means", and
~" represents the whole "to help you memorize/think of/make sense what it stands for" thing.
The concrete example:
- : Do ~ doe, a deer, a female deer
- : Re ~ ray, a drop of golden sun
- : Mi ~ me, a name I call myself
- : Fa ~ far, a long, long way to run
- : So ~ sew, a needle pulling thread