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Misuse of superlatives

Sachin Patil
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Now a days I hear/read 'Biggest ever sale', 'The greatest move', 'The largest ....' and so on. Its just a misuse of superlatives.


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Mike Simmons
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Worst misuse of superlatives ever!
Maneesh Godbole
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Best comment ever!


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Jesper de Jong
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This is what astronomers do with telescopes.

There's the Very Large Telescope. Then they want to build a bigger one. So they call that the European Extremely Large Telescope. And what if you want an even bigger one? You call it the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope.

I wonder what the next one is going to be called. The Incredible Unimaginably Large Telescope?

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Mike Simmons
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BFT
John Jai
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Mike Simmons wrote:BFT

What does it mean?
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John Jai wrote:
Mike Simmons wrote:BFT

What does it mean?

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Martin Vajsar
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Jesper de Jong wrote:I wonder what the next one is going to be called. The Incredible Unimaginably Large Telescope?

I hereby propose The Largest Scope You Can Describe In Nine Words. Given how astronomers name their discoveries, the TLSYCDINW acronym will go well with them.
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Size of the Entire Universe Telescope
Jesper de Jong
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Oh My God It's So Big You'll Faint Telescope
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Martin Vajsar wrote:I hereby propose The Largest Scope You Can Describe In Nine Words. Given how astronomers name their discoveries, the TLSYCDINW acronym will go well with them.

So the next one should be The Largest Scope You Can Describe In Exactly Ten Words, or TLSYCDIETW.


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See? This scheme has a potential!
Frank Silbermann
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There was a Saturday Night Live skit in which a stupid celebrity journalist interviewed an astronomer.

Journalist: How large is (I forget the details)?
Scientist: It is very large.
Journalist: How large?
Scientist: (giving a visualization)
Journalist: That is very, _very_ large.
Scientist: Yes.
Journalist: But you said it was _very_ large.
Scienist: So?
Journalist: So you were wrong.
Greg Charles
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I often wish that ads using "ultimate" to describe their products were using the original (and still primary) sense of the word, i.e., the last.
Martin Vajsar
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I thought I'd update this topic with the latest findings on the subject of telescope names:



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