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Dwarf Into Yeti? Dames Invite Yeomen?

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'Those who would like to see him return to power, including the vice president and aides with him in the hospital in Riyadh, portray him as in fine mettle and expected to return to Sana, the capital."

The Yemeni leader could indeed show his mettle (courage, fortitude) by returning to his disagreement-torn country. But I wonder if the writer here didn't intend to use the more common expression in fine fettle, in which fettle means "condition, state." A deposed ruler in fine fettle is raring to resume ruling.

N. M. Norton comments on our June 1 discussion of inductive thinking and deductive thinking:

"What the writer you quote says about induction v. deduction — that with the former you can't be absolutely sure of your conclusion, where with the latter you can — is true, but he doesn't say why that is so. The real distinction is that induction reasons from the particular to the general, while deduction goes the other way. So with induction — 'All the crows we've ever seen are black, therefore all crows are black' — there's always the possibility you haven't got all the particulars, like that polka dot crow that is really, really shy. With deduction, you drill down to a particular that you can falsify or not (theoretically; it can depend on the precision of your measuring stick).

"As I recall, Holmes used both and never minded the difference."

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