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> I think that's the issue: consider the two lines
> f = avalue
> function g(x)
> ...
> end
> If 'function' could appear directly as a function argument, then these
> statements would not work as expected.
> steve d.

That wouldn't be a problem since "function g(x)" is a statement to
assign a function that is currently defined to the global value "g",
whereas "function (x)...end" is no valid statement at all, unless it
is being a part of an argument or a value to be assigned to a