Sunday, 13 March 2011
Ever since my senior year of high school, I can't hear the word 'statistics' without thinking 'stastistics'. Like many people, my maths teacher Mr Marks could not say the word statistics. He said 'stastistics'. Worse, he had severe whistled sibilance. Consider this: statistics made up a full semester of the subject in Grade 12. You may now understand how torturous it was. The only statistical analysis I performed in that class was working out how many times the combed-over ol' bore hissed 'ssstassstisssticsss' in a six-month period. My final tally was over 1000. I couldn't hand that in for marking and I didn't do any other work. Needless to say, I failed.
Funnily enough, a lot of people, including famous world leaders, can't say the word 'nuclear'. These two words are at the heart of today's Bigmouthery. (Read on...)