Monday, February 16, 2009


QUOTIENT, n. A number showing how many times a sum of money belonging to one person is contained in the pocket of another — usually about as many times as it can be got there.

2009 Update: The result obtained by dividing one number into another, except in finance where the dividend and divisor are generally multiplied instead.


Anonymous said...

Very good, Dawg. I take it you moonlight as a prospectus writer, where you create large numbers by multiplying the real figures by steroid-laced versions of "1".

QUOTIENT, n. The sum of a fraction. Or the summons, Mr. Madoff.

glumi - tar-baby economic forecast.

Anonymous said...

A variant of the first word of the second verse of the original Latin version of Blowin' in the Wind by Bob Dylan.

Quotiens homo videret alte
Ante disceret caeli?...

Dylan eventually capitulated to market forces and translated the song to English

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?...

The answer, my friend, depends upon whether it's an ozone action day.

TLP said...

Well, I like your update quite a lot.

So I might just skip this one.

Maybe this tient for that tient?

Tom & Icy said...

Is your update what they call 'fool's math' like fool's logic and fool's gold? Or maybe statistics.

Logophile said...

How DARE you, sir??
and a HOLIDAY Monday at that!!
That's it.
I say good day to you!

tsduff said...

There you go again with those math politic words again... giving me the heebee geebees. CAW*

Anonymous said...

Hm...quotient sounds like a mathy term.

I don't do mathy stuff.

Nessa said...

Definitely the status quo.

Ariel the Thief said...

Qoutient, what you get for sharing.

Jamie Dawn said...

I refuse to think of anything related to math. I hate math. I hate it with a white hot passion!

Happy Ogre Day! Please punch two kids today since I cannot bring myself to do it.

Jim said...

I watched Oliver Twist last night on PBS (just the first half, Mrs. Jim didn't tell me it would be a two-parter).
The Artful Dodger used a combo of Bierce's and your math, Doug. What was in another's pocket would be Artful Dodger's as soon as he could get it out. And he didn't even know the times table.

Anonymous said...

Quotient: the total amount of money I can divide from your bank account and deposit into mine. The divisor is usually cheap merchandize. Speaking of which, how are the beer steins?

Anonymous said...

Quotient---in old western movies this usually took place in a secluded
canyon setting-gunfire was the usual
leverage to manipulate the numbers...

Doug The Una said...

Amoeba, actually I subcontract my prospecti to a bank of monkeys with adding machines.

CA, we practically don't have those in LA anymore. I missed the prime Ozone era.

Quid pro quotient, TLP. Bad bargain.

Statistics, Icy. Or accounting.

Good day to you, Madame.

Shiny nickel, Terry.

Understood, Jenn.

Definitely, Nessa. I think.

Haha, Ariel. True.

I had you covered, JD.

So you consider Dodger one of us, Jim?

Looking sharp, Quilly.

Pour yourself another, Actonbell.

Peace, Bear.

Anonymous said...

Except in intelligence testing scores, where one's race, immigration status going back three generations, and ego are also factored in on a bell curve.

Anonymous said...

Quotient, the name a different type of correlation, to make it short, one you use when you want different results than the ones you obtained.

Sorry, my mind is in a different place.