December 13, 2007 9:31 PM Subscribe
Why do mathematicians (and/or programmers) describe information passed to a function as an 'argument'?
posted by b33j to technology (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm learning PHP (slowly) but find myself hung up on one small piece of terminology, 'argument'. I keep expecting an argument to be a proof, or an equation, or something that says or does something or refuses even to do something. And yet, it's just a value. So I'd like to understand why it has that name, and then I can move on. I hope.