1.01.2006

RANT: "I do not think it means what you think it means."

GL observed: In the film Princess Bride, the character of Vizzini frequently exclaims, "Inconceivable!" Finally Inigo Montoya responds, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."... (No one loves a pedant, but) when others misuse words frequently, it feels like fingernails on a chalkboard...

(One of the oddities is that) so many, many people react angrily to any suggestion that they have misused a word. When people make mistakes with math, especially with tips or returning change, it seems that correcting math mistakes is fine. Why the hyper-sensitivity to being corrected about misuse of words? Why is caring about words and their correct usage so off-putting to those who...misuse words? Why not simply say, "Okay, I didn't know that. Thanks for letting me know."? Why reply with a forest fire of anger? ...

Category: C++ Quant > Random Walk

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