Joey’s recent post reminded me of the old joke about an entry in a dictionary:
recursion see recursion
Non-geeks can stop reading here: if you didn’t understand the joke, you won’t understand what’s coming next either.
I mean, sure it’s a funny joke, but it doesn’t quite work. Technically, it’s not even an example of recursion, as the base case is missing. Perhaps it’s co-recursion? — but it isn’t, as it’s not progressing.
Why can’t we say instead,
recursion if you do not understand it, see recursion
It would still be funny, and it might actually work.