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I hate this stuff


Aki pointed me to this article. I’m too exhausted to argue all this in detail yet one more time, but let me just say that I hate this stuff for the reasons given in Section 5 of this paper from 1998 (based on classroom activities from 1994). I’ve hated this stuff for a long time.

And I don’t think Yitzhak likes it either; see this discussion from 2005 and this from 2009.

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  1. jonathan says:

    From wikipedia entry on Jack Benny:

    In an episode broadcast March 28, 1948, Benny borrowed neighbor Ronald Colman’s Oscar, and was returning home when he was accosted by a mugger (voiced by comedian Eddie Marr). After asking for a match to light a cigarette, the mugger demands, “Don’t make a move, this is a stickup. Now, come on. Your money or your life.” Benny paused, and the studio audience—knowing his skinflint character—laughed. The robber then repeated his demand: “Look, bud! I said your money or your life!” Benny snapped back, without a break, “I’m thinking it over!” This time, the audience laughed louder and longer than they had during the pause.

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