Plural of anecdote

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Plural of anecdote

Post by Phil White » Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:43 am

I heard a nice one on TV this morning. Talking about the extremes of weather we have been experiencing over the past years in relation to climate change: "The plural of anecdote is data".
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:35 pm

I have heard (and been more impressed by) the opposite, used as a put-down with people who are prone to over-generalizing from their own experience:

"The plural of anecdote is not data".
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Post by Phil White » Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:11 pm

Having heard it, I chased it up a little. The first usage is controversial, but appears to date from the late 70s. The version you quote appears to be later.
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Post by BonnieL » Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:41 am

Along the lines of "The plural of anecdote is not data":

Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it." - Maimonides aka Moses ben-Maimon (1135-1204)
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Post by Phil White » Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:10 am

BonnieL wrote:Along the lines of "The plural of anecdote is not data":

Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it." - Maimonides aka Moses ben-Maimon (1135-1204)
Please explain that to those who disagree with me.
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Re: Plural of anecdote

Post by Wizard of Oz » Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:55 pm

To join the two together from my experience,

Anecdotes do not become truth simply because they appear on the internet.
David Porter, 2015 (c)

WoZ waxing philosophical
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Post by tony h » Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:11 pm

Anecdotage : 1.the period of life in which a person forgets how the story ends.
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With the right context almost anything can sound appropriate.

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