Some Notes

Posted: July 5, 2010 in Braak, Threat Quality

1)  The 4th of July should be Election Day, too.  Everyone should have the day off, and all the bars and liquor stores can’t open until the polls close.

2)  “Infer” can mean both “to make an inference” (i.e., “to infer”) and “to make an implication”  (i.e., “to imply”).  This is stupid — one word shouldn’t mean itself, but also the same thing as its reverse.  Some people think that it’s impossible to cause confusion by using “infer” to mean “imply,” but I’m not sure that’s true.  What if I said:

“I notice that you’re reading Atlas Shrugged.  I’ve heard that life can be pretty challenging for unrepentant assholes.”

And then you said:

“What are you inferring?”

Is the implication there:  “Are you inferring (meaning “inferring”) that because I’m reading Atlas Shrugged, I must be an Objectivist?”  Or does it mean “Are you inferring (meaning “implying”) that all Objectivists are unrepentant assholes?”

3)  I am going to build a thing on my door so that when I approach it, it scans to find my Droid phone, and then unlocks automatically if it finds it.  I think I could do the same thing with my car.  Right now, I have to always leave the house with three things:  wallet, keys, phone.  But with this system, I would only need TWO THINGS.

  1. Moff says:

    It drives me crazy—no, it maddens me—no, it emmaddens me when I discover that something I thought was true about words, something that just made life easier for everyone, like there existing a clear delineation between “imply” and “infer” or “compose” and “comprise,” turns out not to be the case at all.

  2. braak says:

    I was very upset when I discovered this, shouting, I believe, “But it made so much SENSE! RAAARGH!”

  3. V.I.P. Referee says:

    Clearly,”Infer” is pure fightin’ word, provoking a scrapple with no intention of coming to any mutual agreements. It just wants to make you angry.

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