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    Date: Thu, 17 Nov 88 08:22 EST
    From: "Steve Bacher (Batchman)" <SEB1525@draper.com>

    ... Why not be able to say ... (format nil format-text . format-args) ...
People ask for this a lot. It would be fun in the situations where it works,
but it's too error-prone. People like the ability to substitute one expression
for another in an evaluable position. Consider, then, what happens if you
substitute `(cons 'x format-args)' for `format-args' in the above expression:

 (format nil format-text . (cons 'x format-args))
 >>Error: Unbound variable: CONS