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  •  I'm having a problem with this (4+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, Calamity Jean, dpryan, yaque

    Quite often mathematicians describe normalization or other statistical ways of quantifying difficult analysis as a "trick".  Its the same way a mechanic speaks, or a plumber... "the trick is to" do whatever this person has learned through experience or training.

    It doesn't mean a "trick" as in to fool someone, it means a method of generating a successful outcome.

    The real trick is, many people are too dumb to understand that.

    •  Also, there's a culture gap (6+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, Dcoronata, xysea, jfromga, yaque, CMYK

      This happened in the UK - its fairly common to use "the trick is to....xyz the uvw" when explaining how to do something.

      It means the knack, or the successful way to accomplish something, not to be confused with actually tricking someone..

      We're two nations divided by a common language, sometimes ;-)

      "Why would that kind of work be 'ridiculous'? Who are THEY fighting for?"-------------- BHO on the GOP's mockery of community organizers.

      by speedingpullet on Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 04:44:45 PM PST

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      •  How hard can it be? (3+ / 0-)
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        RunawayRose, xysea, yaque

        I've pretty much stopped watching American TV, and only watch British TV.

        Other than the Fox animated comedies, everything is BBC.  Especially Dr. Who, and Top Gear.  Spent most of my youth watching the BBC shows here in the US, and they always seemed to require more intelligence and wit.  I appreciate that what came here was generally the cream of the crop, but what a crop!

        So I am more familiar with their "English" than many.  Most of my automotive terminology is UK English, not US, and I sometimes confuse people talking about "wing mirrors" and "bonnets", "saloons" and "estates", "shooting breaks" and properly pronounced "coupes".

        It should be "coop-A", as in the original French.  As they say in Britain, a "coop" is where you house chickens.

        •  LOL - I hear you (5+ / 0-)

          and to horribly mangle someone's witty saying - "never underestimate the ability of someone to misinterpret something, when their livelyhood depends on them misunderstanding.."

          Anyway, the right-wing will have a field day with this. There's not really much you can do about it.
          At best its a bit of an embarrassment, as worst its a total confirmation for them that its all a lie. Whatever - let them crow about how deluded we all are, and leave the public option alone....

          BTW - good work fella, on the English TV. But, then, I am biased... ;-)

          "Why would that kind of work be 'ridiculous'? Who are THEY fighting for?"-------------- BHO on the GOP's mockery of community organizers.

          by speedingpullet on Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 05:00:20 PM PST

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