Certain types of people like to ask the question "Why is a progressive tax fair?" The inevitable answer given is "marginal utility!" The theory is that if a rich person and a poor person both have to pay an extra 50 spacebucks (or whatever currency is used in your realm) in taxes, it doesn't reduce … Continue reading Why is a ______ tax fair?
I always assumed that pretty much everyone knew that the phrase "I could care less" doesn't make literal sense. I assumed it was simply an unfortunate shortened form of "I couldn't care less". I think it's popular because it has better cadence. It might be helped along by the likely element of sarcasm in it. … Continue reading I could care less about your word crimes
Sometimes we can't have nice things, just because the nice thing is difficult to state clearly in words. For example, the record low daily high temperature for this date is arguably just as meaningful as the record high daily high. But the weatherman never tells us the record low high, probably because it would confuse … Continue reading The oldest living former X
I've read a number of lists of frequently misspelled words, and I always end up thinking "Really? That doesn't match my experience at all. If your methodology says that supersede is misspelled more often than its, then I think you need a new methodology." Of course, context matters. Professional writers misspell different words than internet … Continue reading My list of frequently misspelled words
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