A dictionary and the process of elimiation

This is the trope.

What category is this?

This is an example of what kind of trope?

The easiest way to get the answer is just to play the odds.

Four people guess a different answer. Each has a one in four chance of getting it. Provided they don’t foul it up, with two or more people guess the same answer, that’s 100% chance that one of them will get it right.

It wouldn’t even take much in the way of coordination. If one person just guessed one thing, and another person another thing, that would set a pattern.

I hasn’t happened yet.

I won’t happen at all.

The real joke is: Everyone has a 100% chance of getting right on the first guess, as long as they have a reason for thinking why they think what they think.

Someone can say they disagree with you, and why. They can say your interpretation is weak. They can say they have a different understanding. But, it’s all a matter of interpretation.

If the basis for your interpretation is sound, then you have an answer to be considered.

So, “getting it right” merely involves:

  1. Look up the definitions in the dictionary and lay them out.
  2. Hold the poster up to each and say, “do I think it fits the definition?”
  3. Explain why you think what you think

Bob’s your uncle.

One of the “gotchas” is that you have to iterate.

As soon as you find one that you think fits, you have to keep going. More than one can fit. So, you have to going to see if the trope can reasonably be interpreted more than one way. Tropes aren’t always clear and obvious. Identifying attitudes is an art of diagnosis — different diseases can present similar symptoms.

Another “gotcha” is that the dictionary definition for the master tropes can trip you up. It’s very hard to tell the difference between metonymy and synecdoche when you look it up in Webster’s.

(Don’t look these words up in Webster’s. It will make your head hurt.)

This might frustrate a bubble sort, but as Agile practitioners, the solution to that is simple: collaborate, deliver, inspect, and improve.

So, four people or four guesses will get you to “my ‘right’ answer for this,” but anyone can get to their own right answer for it in one take. As long as you can explain it, the most I could do is disagree with your thinking. I couldn’t say you were wrong.

The conversation is what matters. To get started, is a trivial matter: just be wrong, and be willing to inquire about right.

And, trivial in this case is too much.

The barrier to entry is the language. People find the language too difficult in a hill climbing exercise.



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