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> With the current syntax you can almost
> form statements that read much like
> an English sentence:

Find the 'then' in the following English sentence:

	If Sue is hungry she'll eat the apple.

I honestly don't believe that removing DO and THEN from non-programmer's
introduction to Lua is going to be the biggest stumbling block they'll have
with the language!

My interest in removing unnecessary syntax is not to reduce typing, but to
make Lua a smaller and more trim language.  Admittedly, making two keywords
optional doesn't substantially result in a leaner language, but it is
consistent with the Lua author's stated goals.