Daily Archives: April 4, 2007

Critiqing Criterias

Of course there is no such thing as criterias. Nor are there maximas or minimas. If you had had the opportunity to have Latin in high school you would know that the word form ending in -a designates the plural form, while the -um designates the singular. Criterion being an exception, probably because the language has changed over time from criterum to criterion.

But really, it has not much to do with whether or not you had Latin. Continue reading

Bubble Variability

It is a well known fact that the personal space, or bubble, of many people in the US is rather large. If people from other countries with smaller bubbles, e.g., Europeans, step closer than 3 feet towards a local, oftentimes the local person gets uncomfortable and takes a step back to reestablish the bubble.

It is very interesting, however, that the bubble can shrink quite dramatically without the affected person appearing to be too concerned about it. Continue reading