Meaningless Numbers

A Facebook friend posts this map from the Tax Foundation. It shows federal aid as a percentage of state budget, which it seems to think is a measure of how much of a drain a state is on the federal budget. But this isn’t the right number to use for that purpose. To see why,…

People Goin’ ta Russia

Noah’s latest post links to an interesting entry on Language Log about sentences of the following type: More people have been to Russia than I have Pullum (on LL) calls this "plausible angloid gibberish" to reflect the fact that although the sentence passes most people’s intial syntax filter – that is, it seems grammatical to…