guess = bet

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu May 6 00:05:53 UTC 2010

At 1:48 PM -0400 5/5/10, victor steinbok wrote:
>Michael Bloomberg:
>"_If_I_had_to_guess_25_cents_, this would be exactly that. Homegrown,
>or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political
>agenda that doesn't like the health care bill or something. It could
>be anything."
Null hypothesis, without checking google for other instances:  online
blend of "If I had to guess" and "If I had to bet a quarter".  (It's
odd that he uses 25 cents rather than a quarter or a dollar or
whatever, but Bloomberg has a few billion dollars more in his
financial empire than I have in mine, so who I am I to question his
betting technique?)


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