I've been trying to let this go, but every time I move on, I stumble across yet another instance of this thing I desperately want to call "an anonymous object" or "an anonymous instance" in Java, which is a bad term in Java because it is too easily confused with "instance of an anonymous class".
The reasons that such categories of objects are terribly important in C and C++ do not apply to Java, but they still are around all the time and I would love an agreement on how to refer to them.
Ironically, in avoiding the term "anonymous object" or "anonymous instance" I throw an AnonymousConcept exception every time the notion is instantiated in my mind in reference to Java.
From outside it looks like I am just trying to annoy Junilu, which is definitely not the case.
Do we Have a Beating a Dead Moose Award at the Ranch? I normally use the term inside the phrase "At the risk of beating a Dead Moose" when adding something to a thread that I think is appropriate but other people may have hoped was "done".
It's gotten to the point that whenever I see the CodeRanch mascot (is he the eponymous Big Moose himself?) I feel guilty.