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> I always find the distinction between true and `true` difficult to 
> make when writing documentation. It might show up only as a different 
> font. So I say "tests true" rather than "is true", and "a true value" 
> rather than "true". 

I like the terms "truthy" for "tests true" and "falsy"/"falsey" for the opposite. I believe they are fairly widespread as well.

I'd avoid saying "a true value". I think it is less clear than "a truthy value" or "a value that tests true"