Monday, October 8, 2012

Defining terms

My dog likes to lie on top of my clothes. So when I leave my robe lying on the couch instead of hanging it up, I'm not being sloppy, I'm just being kind to animals.

No need to thank me, old friend.
The idea of defining terms reminds me of this bit of dialogue:

"Will it not be advisable, before we proceed on this subject, to arrange with rather more precision the degree of importance which is to appertain to this request, as well as the degree of intimacy subsisting between the parties?"

"By all means," cried Bingley; "let us hear all the particulars, not forgetting their comparative height and size; for that will have more weight in the argument, Miss Bennet, than you may be aware of. I assure you that, if Darcy were not such a great tall fellow, in comparison with myself, I should not pay him half so much deference."

It's always appropriate to quote Jane Austen.

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