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Ian Dunn
1215800.  Sat Dec 10, 2016 4:24 am Reply with quote

Concerning the change of name from Snottingham to Nottingham, I do remember it appearing in an old episode of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, in one of Humphrey Lyttelton's introductory speeches.

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It's well documented in official records that the city's original name was 'Snottingham' or 'home of Snotts', but when the Normans came, they couldn't pronounced the initial letter 'S', so decreed the town be called 'Nottingham' or 'home of Notts'. It's easy to understand why this change was resisted so fiercely by the people of Scunthorpe.


Source: Lyttelton's Britain by Iain Pattinson, p. 131.

 
Jaromil
1216863.  Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:07 pm Reply with quote

I thought the first question was extremely unfair. Surely the definition of "normal" isn't "exactly average in every single aspect"?

 
crissdee
1216882.  Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:09 am Reply with quote

Possibly not, but how else would you define it?

 
PDR
1216917.  Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:24 am Reply with quote

Well personally I'd use the median rather than the mean, but the real point is that "normal" would usually be taken to mean the mid-point of the distributions of dozens of different parameters. Height, weight, shoe size, intellect*, income, number of children, daily intake of food/alcohol/brie, miles dribven per year, yards walked per year, number of servants etc etc.

The propbability of someone being at the midpoint of all of these distributions is vanishingly low. Therefore all normal people must (by definition) be abnormal.

QED

PDR

* Over half the population voted for Brexit, so the midpoint of the population distribution is plainly intellectually sub-normal

 
Spud McLaren
1216934.  Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:51 am Reply with quote

PDR wrote:
* Over half the population voted for Brexit [ ... ]
Klaxon.

Over 20% of the population is too young to vote, for a start.

 
PDR
1216937.  Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:33 pm Reply with quote

Never pollute a diatribe on statistical philosophy with facts - it is after all how the Leave campaign won those votes...

PDR

 
Ian Dunn
1216938.  Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:35 pm Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
PDR wrote:
* Over half the population voted for Brexit [ ... ]
Klaxon.

Over 20% of the population is too young to vote, for a start.


And over a quarter of the voters didn't even vote at all.

 
Spud McLaren
1216941.  Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:50 pm Reply with quote

UK population 2016 - 65,256,512
voted Leave - 17,410,742 - therefore
didn't vote to leave - 47,845,770, or 73.32%.

Just sayin'.

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PDR
1216944.  Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:09 pm Reply with quote

Oh I think we've heard quite enough Facts...

:0)

PDR

 
Spud McLaren
1216945.  Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:13 pm Reply with quote

I tend to agree. Next!

 
Jaromil
1216949.  Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:56 pm Reply with quote

PDR wrote:
The probability of someone being at the midpoint of all of these distributions is vanishingly low. Therefore all normal people must (by definition) be abnormal.

Well, if a norm regarding a certain aspect should cover around - say - 95% of the population? Then clearly no-one is going to be within the norm for every possible aspect; however, in that case, we could define a sort of a meta-distribution, describing the number (and importance) of aspects in which people are abnormal (that is, within the remaining 5%). And 95% of people are going to be "normal" according to said meta-distribution.
Of course, it could be argued I'm begging the question. But I think it's a question worth begging. I mean, the phrase "a normal person" is a useful one; and people who describe themselves as "weird" tend to be very annoying.

 

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