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To the untutored eye, Lisp is a strange programming language. In Lisp
code there are parentheses everywhere. Some people even claim that the
name stands for `Lots of Isolated Silly Parentheses'. But the claim is
unwarranted. Lisp stands for LISt Processing, and the programming
language handles lists (and lists of lists) by putting them
between parentheses. The parentheses mark the boundaries of the list.
Sometimes a list is preceded by a single apostrophe or quotation mark,
'. Lists are the basis of Lisp.