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ELISP> (read "(a b c)") (a b c) ELISP> (read "(9 . 3)") (9 . 3) If by (9 . 3) you mean you'd like a cons, then my answer would work. Note however if you actually would like a dot, my answer not so much.


Yes, use interactive with a Lisp sexp, not a literal string. You can't specify particular defaulting with a literal string arg. You can use read-from-minibuffer, read-string, or completing-read. Provide the value returned by (thing-at-point 'word) as the DEFAULT-VALUE argument to one of those functions, not the INITIAL-CONTENTS argument. (You can use the ...

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