Saturday, July 05, 2008

"Ordinary" is a Context-Dependent Term

From one of the pages in which Cornell walks you through the process of electronically submitting a dissertation:
For most, a final dissertation or thesis is a large computer file -- too large for an ordinary 3.5-inch floppy diskette.
Dude, where's your web page update?

Of course, what "ordinary" means hasn't changed in a decade; it's simply that what is ordinary has changed in that time -- to the point where I found the statement incredibly funny.

This has been a commentary on the original intent theory of constitutional interpretation ("cruel and unusual punishment", for instance).

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