Thursday, July 21, 2005

Ben's fancy word of the day...

Legerdemain -- no, not an obscure member of the Jackson Five, rather it means slight of hand or display of skills and after last year's magnum opus, Napoleon Dynamite we all know how vitally important skills are.

As for fancy words, they are a skill in and of themselves so don't discredit their ability and how one can leverage them on a day to day basis. In fact, the only reason I got my first job right out of gradschool was because I non-chalantly dropped the word multicollinearity during the interview.

I am pretty sure at least half of you, right now, are thinking, WTF is multicollinearity? Not only is a ringer for any game of hangman, but also a polysyllabic term meaning several things are related to each other. You probably wouldn't be nearly as morbidly terrified of the term correlation, nor if I told you there were multiple cases of correlation.

Drop that multicollinearity bomb and watch people freeze up like a deer in headlights and presume you are either (a) hella-smart, (b) crazy, (c) a stats freak or (d) a hella-smart, crazy stat-freak named ben.

Now get back to work hippy.

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