Originally posted by Mr. BoffoYeah, I suppose it was technically correct, but A) it wasn't what I intended to say and B) a googol is not a variable amount like how much you can buy with a dollar. It's a set amount. 10^100.
Yes, a googol is a set amount. Therefore, since you know what a googol was when you were in 4th grade, you know what it is now. So the sentence wasn't incorrect, but it was a bit obtuse. There is no baseball on and ESPN is showing a hockey game in it's googolth overtime so I'm really bored. Sorry.
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Eddie, you're getting the inference backwards. A googol is a set amount and as a result, once you know what a googol is, you know what it is for as long as its been defined. Assuming that a googol was defined prior to being in 4th grade, then even if you learned what a googol is in 5th grade, you would still know what a googol was when you were in 4th grade. You would not, however, have known what a googol was when you were in 4th grade. The sentence is not incorrect, but it is not obtuse. It simply does not reflect the intended point that Mr. Boffo understood the definition of googol when he was a 4th grader.
ob·tuse Audio pronunciation of obtuse ( P ) Pronunciation Key (b-ts, -tys, b-) adj. ob·tus·er, ob·tus·est
1. 1. Lacking quickness of perception or intellect. 2. Characterized by a lack of intelligence or sensitivity: an obtuse remark. 3. Not distinctly felt: an obtuse pain. 2. 1. Not sharp, pointed, or acute in form; blunt. 2. Having an obtuse angle: an obtuse triangle. 3. Botany. Having a blunt or rounded tip: an obtuse leaf.
So I suppose that the original statement could have been charactertized by a lack of intelligence and therefore be considered obtuse.
I caught the Nokia Brier final yesterday night (cuz it was free on TV, and most of the WMXX card didn't warrant the purchase cost) so I watched probably the worst exhibit of championship curling I'd ever seen.