Two wonderful/horrific manglings of logic and language that I spotted today.
The first is pretty simple. Just a classic case of a sportsman talking garbage. The second is a lot more worrying because it's been plastered on posters all over London, which suggests that somebody somewhere was meant to give it some thought.
Here they are...
1. From Mahendra Dhoni, captain of the Indian cricket team, when asked about whether the team should have turned up in Napier more than just 18 hours before their next match:
“Mentally we are right there. When it comes to the mind, it depends on what you’re feeding into the mind. The mind doesn’t know if it’s Napier or what you’re feeding. You come and say ‘this is Napier’, and it believes it’s Napier.”
2. And on those posters all over London:
"Nearly half of all journeys are walkable"
Altogether now: WHAT?!?
Which journeys are they counting? Surely there is an infinite number of possible journeys, an infinite number of which are infinitely long, even if you never leave London. So unless you can walk without end, saying that half of those journeys are walkable is either completely meaningless or just plain wrong.
Or do they mean actual journeys completed? In which case, how are they defining 'journey' and how are they defining 'walkable'?
It's not just rubbish, it's annoying rubbish. And I'm not quoting this poster out of context. In fact, I'll post it up here so you can see that there is no context: