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PA wrote:
> _ = aTable + "one"

Aaargh, no!

*cough* Sorry, let me rephrase: I would very strongly advise not doing that...
using + as an infix operator implies that the original value is not being
modified, and that instead a new value is being returned. Adding side effects
would be, to put it mildly, abusing the semantics.

You could define + as:

function table:__add(t, v)
  local newt = {}
  for i, j in ipairs(t) do newt[i] = j end
  newt[#newt+1] = v
  return newt

...though; this would allow:

aTable = aTable + "one"
aTable = aTable + "two"
aTable = aTable + "three"

Slowly, of course. However, this would allow any hypothetical += operator to
be optimised to do what we want quickly and efficiently and not require any
further syntax or semantics changes...

+- David Given --McQ-+ "Gaping from its single obling socket was
|    | scintillating, many fauceted scarlet emerald..."
| ( | --- Jim Theis, _The Eye of Argon_ (spelling
+- --+ original)

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