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‘Wednesday’ Words: 29 August 2013

The inverted commas are a concession to the fact that the twenty-ninth is Thursday. Publication was delayed due to (ahem) pressure of other commitments. There. Looks plausible, doesn’t it? I’ll stick to that, then…

How many times have you heard (or even said) that expression ‘you can prove anything on paper’ in a cynical way?

One somewhat scathing summary was:

“There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

Benjamin Disraeli  (1804 – 1881)

But this is perhaps a kinder approach to the concept:

“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts – for support
rather than illumination.”

Attributed to Andrew Lang  (1844 – 1912)

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