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
windshield wipers: a round peg in a square hole
Being braked is a sufficient, but not a necessary, condition for changing forward-motion gears.
A simple approximation may be more useful than a complicated exact expression.
An idea is a table, and thoughts are its legs.
Distance is the default moderator (cf: “…know when to walk away, know when to run”), just as Father Time is the default teacher.