One of the most common things one does in functional programming is partial application. Clojure doesn't curry its functions as Haskell does. Instead it offers `partial` and the function macro:
While the function macro is both terse and flexible it doesn't offer the same feel that partial does when it comes to [tacit style](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacit_programming). Using `partial` regularly, however, defeats the brevity one would otherwise enjoy in point-free style. Having a `partial` reader macro, while seemingly a small thing, would better lend itself to the tacit style.
Because most functions list arguments from general to specific, I rarely need to use the function macro to place the optional argument in some position other than last – e.g. normal partial application.