Sunday, January 10, 2010

Braintenance: Imply, Infer, Compute...CASTLE'S LAW OF LINGUISTIC DECAY.

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The definitions which follow appear here courtesy of  Years ago, I used to Ask Jeeves, but I believe that he has since retired (without a severance package or a pension....a sad casuality of these trying economic times):

im⋅ply   /ɪmˈplaɪ/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [im-plahy] Show IPA
–verb (used with object), -plied, -plying.
to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated: His words implied a lack of faith.
(of words) to signify or mean.
to involve as a necessary circumstance: Speech implies a speaker.
Obsolete. to enfold.

1325–75; ME implien, emplien < MF emplier < L implicāre; see implicate

3. assume, include.

in⋅fer   /ɪnˈfɜr/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [in-fur] Show IPA verb, -ferred, -fer⋅ring.
–verb (used with object)
to derive by reasoning; conclude or judge from premises or evidence: They inferred his displeasure from his cool tone of voice.
(of facts, circumstances, statements, etc.) to indicate or involve as a conclusion; lead to.
to guess; speculate; surmise.
to hint; imply; suggest.
–verb (used without object)
to draw a conclusion, as by reasoning.

1520–30; < L inferre, equiv. to in- in- 2 + ferre to bring, carry, bear 1

Nonethless, the terms imply and infer, just as the terms implication and inference, are often used interchangeably. Since most dictionaries are set to be ubdated by a system which I refer to as Castle's Law of Linguistic Decay. Simply stated: In communicating or engaging in commerce with the masses, your expressions must. of sad necessity default to the Lowest Common Usage, i.e., Default To Idiom or Slang." This explains why "ain't" ain't no longer excluded from the dictionary. It also explains why people don't address you as "Sir," "Ma'am," or "Miss" -- they simply yell out "YO! Yo, dawg!" Heck...L Ron Hubbard got the term "engrams," used in Scientology, into the dictionary merely because of its popularity in the 1970s and 1980s -- He didn't have to even make a request. And they all laughed at my idea of LINGOVATIONS. Well, they're not laughing now!
And Now: Computations and Problem-Solving For Fun and Mind-Expansion...

The wonderful math quiz questions which follow are brought to you courtesy of Math Beyond The Realm. They have a wonderful website, and I highly recommend them.

Their address is Please note that any errors in formatting are stricly mine, as I no longer seem to remember how to copy and paste with any level of precision.
questions change every  Sunday evening.  Good Luck :)
Here are some wonderful questions.  HOPE YOU’RE READY. When you have finished, there is a button at the bottom of the problem set for yout to click on to check your answers. 

 1.)    The Soccer Shop is having a sale.  Everything is 20% off.  Shannon bought a pair of goalie gloves and some shin guards.  The original prices were $30 for the gloves and $15 for the shin guards.  How much did Shannon save all together?
A.) $9.00   B.) $15.00       C.) $18.00       D.) $36.00       E.) NG

 2.)    There were 30 questions on a math test.  Chaz got 80% of them correct. How many questions did he answer correctly?
F.) 24         G.) 18              H.) 15              J.) 6                 K.) NG

 3.)    Teeka made a design using tiles.  For every 2 square tiles she used, she used 8 triangles.  When she was finished, Teeka had used 48 square tiles.  How many triangles did she use?
       A.) 96       B.) 182            C.) 240            D.) 384            E.) NG

  4.)    If 6 computer disks cost $8.00, what is the greatest number of the same computer disks you can buy for $40?
F.) 40         G.) 30              H.) 24              J.) 20               K.) NG
 5.)    The letters of the words AMERICAN PIES are placed in a bag.  What is the probability that you will draw an E or an I if you chose one letter from the bag?
A.) ¼         B.) 1/3             C.) 1/8             D.) 5/12           E.) NG

 6.)    An average of 35 paperback books fit on each shelf of a bookcase.  There are 4 shelves in each bookcase.  How many bookcases will be needed to shelve 1540 books?
A.) 140                  B.) 14              C.) 11              D.) 10              F.) NG

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