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weird typo - Alierak
September 21st, 2004
10:29 pm

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weird typo
Reading along in the Meno for Ancient Philosophy, I tripped on this word in the last line of a page:

perlexity

Yeah, yeah, it was supposed to be perplexity. But I was momentarily perlexed, er, perplexed when I tried to parse it. When reading philosophy you always have to try to apply the principle of generosity: assume the author meant something worthwhile and do your best to figure out what that was. So I tried to take the word apart: "perl" + "exit" + "y", no, they wouldn't have had things that exited like perl back then... "per" + "lex" + "ity", no, they wouldn't have had universal law or dictionaries either... um. And definitely not parsers.

But it sounds like an ictionary post -- perlexity (n). 1. a tendency to give up when presented with undocumented Perl code. 2. confusion or an inability to parse when there is more than one way to do it.

Yeah. so. back to reading now.

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From:phinnia
Date:September 21st, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Also: An irregular expression.
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From:coderlemming
Date:September 21st, 2004 09:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm thinking something like

3. Complete confusion and inability to understand how to spell a certain word.
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From:dawnstar
Date:September 22nd, 2004 07:02 am (UTC)
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But it sounds like an ictionary post --

So why not make it into one? :)
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From:alierak
Date:September 22nd, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)
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selective laziness. I was going to, and noticed I wasn't a member, and didn't bother since I was supposed to be reading for class.
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From:yakshaver
Date:September 23rd, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
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disperlexia (n). 1. state of confusion brought on by overexposure to perl code.
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