Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Our 'idiot-savant' of the day...

It has admittedly been awhile, but today's winner has been worth waiting for. Now... I am all for continuing education. For those whose calling in life might necessitate obtaining a degree in any particular discipline or science, by all means go for it. But if you're going to attend a university of any description, remember 2 things:

1) Use your time there wisely. Apply yourself and try to actually learn something. It's a horrendously expensive place to simply hide from life and it's attending responsibilities; and

2) Do not expect anyone to believe that you are actually well-schooled or overly-intelligent, once your money reserves are depleted and you're forced out into the world to earn a living.

So... with that out of the way, here is the e-mail we received this evening:


could you please send a definition of:

"********* *** ******* ******

Is this domestic expports and imports defined as within Canada only?


*******, B.Sc., Adv. Dip. & M.Sc."

Now, this lad hangs not one, but actually two degrees on the end of his name. One would think at the very least, that he would have some sort of command of the basic English language, no?

What does the standard Webster's Dictionary have to say about the term "domestic"?

- of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation; "domestic issues such as tax rate and highway construction"
- of or relating to the home; "domestic servant"; "domestic science"
- a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
- produced in a particular country; "domestic wine"; "domestic oil"...

How about the term "export"?

To send goods or services across national frontiers for the purpose of selling and realizing foreign exchange. See also exports...

Domestic exports - Export of locally produced goods and services, including those of foreign origin that have been substantially changed through local processing.

Or better yet, from our own Industry Canada website:

Domestic Exports

Domestic exports consist of the exports of all goods grown, produced, extracted or manufactured in a country leaving the country (through Customs) for a foreign destination. Exports of imported merchandise which has been substantially enhanced in value are also included.

Therefore: Any "Exports" are items which forcibly must leave Canada. Inter-provincial trading/sales are not referred to as being 'exports'.

Gee... Maybe I ought to send away for a couple of meaningless acronyms to hang on the end of my name... seeing as I'm a good deal more lucid than 'college boy' here.

Naaaahhhh... On second thought, that just ain't me. I'm nowhere near being that pompous or effete.

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