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I my days, when C squeezed out Pascal, one argument you could frequenty hear in favor of C was "There's so much typing in Pascal! In C, you can just use {}, and don't need those BEGINs and ENDs. You don't need to write FUNCTION or PROCEDURE, and so on".

So we threw out a well designed, fairly safe language in favor of a "you asked for it, you got it" language, to save a few keystrokes.

To some people that wasn't enough; even braces required keystrokes (even shifted ones, on most keyboards). Let's get rid of those! And we got Python.

If you really want to save keystrokes, why don't you go for APL? Other crazy ways of saving keystrokes is to insist on using tabs rather than spaces, sometimes with semantic significance. (No, I am not talking about Whitespace, but seriously meant file formats.)

Obligatory Geek & Poke[^]. You may argue that keywords do not reduce complexity - but it does help you to understand that this closes the while loop, that closes the method definition, and there is the end of the class definition. Besides, distinct keywords help the compiler back on the track after an error, and facilitates much more meaningful error messages.
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