number format and semantic hairsplitting in China

Victor aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 9 15:39:16 UTC 2009

I guess, that's the difference between fourth-grade grammar and grad school.


Tom Zurinskas wrote:
>> And declaring
>> something to be a rule because "perhaps there is good reason for the
>> rule" is the equivalent of parental "because I told you so".
> Actually I said we are given rules to follow whether or not we know they are reasonable.  I guess we assume they are reasonable until we find out different.  I don't know about you, but I considered my parents' dictates "because I told you so" as rules regardless if it made sense or not.  ;).

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