Lack of attention is often over-reported as a lack of imagination.
Children who haven’t even mastered long division are supposed to do scientific research?
You don’t have to take orders from someone you have arbitrary access to.
“He couldn’t wait to meet us.”
1. a tasty food item
2. something utterly destroyed
phenomenon: a refugee camp being mistaken for an enemy encampment
Mary Poppins is an outstanding example where the man (Bert) is the frame, and the woman (Mary Poppins) is the picture.
concept: cave-in grammar (i.e., widespread hyper-correctness, usually leveraged by the threat of shaming) (e.g., “15 items or fewer”)
In the public arena, vehemence usually trumps logic, because fluency is trusted, and vehemence is usually fluent.
“In this world it is necessary to adopt the principle pursued by the plaintiff in an action for damages, and to demand ten times more than you are ready to accept. If you can feel satisfied with a hundred, begin by insisting on a thousand; if you start by suggesting a hundred you will only get ten.”
— Jerome K. Jerome
1. not at all required
2. a choice from the given list is required (i.e., you must choose an option)