November 04, 2003

Davies' Corollaries

Daniel Davies at Crooked Timber has wisely conjectured two corollaries to Stein's law.

I'd like to register my own observation that the field of linguistics provides many supporting examples.

I'd also like to suggest that his typo "corollorary" was caused by the (always surprising to Americans) British pronunciation (the one with stress on the second syllable), which leave us with a nagging suspicion that there must be another "oll" or "or" in there somewhere.

[Update: a clever comment on Crooked Timber says that "Reading this almost gave me a coronorary".]

Posted by Mark Liberman at November 4, 2003 01:18 PM