I won’t trouble to identify the source for today’s post’s title, but it can serve a valuable purpose in trying to comprehend what words suggest. I just finished How I Killed Pluto and just why It Had It Coming and found it to be exceptional, not just because at onetime I thought I wanted to be an astronomer. It’s a book that I believe everyone would enjoy.
In it the author discusses the task in seeking to determine a meaning for the term “planet,” and seeks the assistance of the philosopher friend who says that words mean what we think they mean. Picking right up from the “planet” example, there are a few areas of GIPS (Global Investment Performance Standards) that could benefit from some luck’option (i.e., to be made clearer).
I was lately engaged in a discussion about this is of “model fees.” The word was introduced in the 2010 release of the requirements but without any explanation. Was it because the framers assumed that everyone would know very well what this means? Was it because they couldn’t arrive at a definition themselves?
Or, perhaps was it since it didn’t eventually them that a definition was to be able? I have no idea; but what I know is that I have no idea what the term means. Risking the likelihood to be called pedantic, I will say that to me clarification is to be able. I’ve opined with this in the past and bring it up again, as my … Read the rest