On Sat, Apr 8, 2023 at 4:50 AM Jens Maurer via Std-Proposals <std-proposals@lists.isocpp.org> wrote:
"this" has pointer type, but the syntax actually wants to describe
by-reference return (i.e. "return *this").  There is a disconnect
in the syntax here.
 
I think the syntax is fine.  Notice (a) `this` isn't a type either; and (b) explicit object parameters use `this` in a similar fashion.  It's okay for it to be a vague allusion.