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"....The truth is out there."

-- Dr. Jerome Jackson, 2002 (... & Agent Fox Mulder)

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

-- Hamlet

"All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

-- Arthur Schopenhauer






Sunday, April 19, 2009

 

-- Words and Such --

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During a recent exhaustive triple-tiered, double-blind-controlled, meta-linguistic, full Fourier-analysis of the major extant Ivory-bill literature, I tallied the following
textual word-frequencies in use:

Most Common Words Used By True-believers:

1. Patience

2. Hope

3. Wary

4. Luneau video

5. Encounter
6. Rare
7. Scaling
8. Putative

9. Kents
10. Wingbeats

Most Common Words Used By Cynics:

1. Extinct
2. Proof

3. Not

4. Pileated

5. Bigfoot

6. Photograph
7. Faith-based
8. Inconclusive
9. Blurry
10. Occam's Razor


10 words or phrases thus far notably MISSING from the IBWO literature:


1. que sera sera

2. supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

3. indubitably
4. just kidding
5. %$*&%#*!! friggin' woodpecker (...well, verbally spoken, but not in the printed literature)
6. beam me up Scotty
7. outwit, outplay, outlast
8. liar, liar, pants on fire
9. 6-pack abs
10. new and improved

More words, no doubt, still to come. . . .

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Comments:
wouldn't it be nice if we could move "I told you so" from the thirds list (where it rightly should be) to the first list (where it will rightly be) ;-)

Dale
http://AlpineBirds.blogspot.com
 
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