Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Day 385

Despite the fact that my 8th-grade boyfriend broke up with me the day after we saw the film in theaters, Serendipity is one of my favorite movies in the world. I could watch it every day, maybe multiple times per day if time allowed. I had the soundtrack on a CD in my car, and I think I can still sing most of the words to the songs. (I'm actually trying it now thanks to Spotify.)

Along with my enthusiasm for this film comes a respectable knowledge of quotes from the movie. The one I throw out most frequently is probably, "When people get hooked on the new age life they end up sitting at home burning candles for Mr. Right, when Mr. Good-Enough-For-Right-Now is waiting at the corner bar!" though I am not afraid to pull out the one about how the men who play golf are the ones who are too fat to play tennis or reference the Chinatown PradO wallet instead of PradA.

Tonight, however, I thought about when Sara explains why she likes the word "serendipity." Her reason is that it has "such a nice sound for what it means," and that is exactly what I thought when I read about jingle-jangle fallacies in my structural equation modeling book. As it turns out, the (erroneous) assumption that two different things are the same because they have the same name is called a jingle fallacy. My mind immediately went to drink (water is a drink, but so is an alcoholic beverage) or going for a run (I run and walk when I go for a run, but some people only run). Then, there is the jangle fallacy, which occurs when someone (erroneously) assumes that two things are different just because they have different names. My mind drifted to sub sandwiches, though I couldn't think of other names. Thankfully, saved my bacon and even taught me some new words for sub sandwiches, such as torpedo, grinder, wedge, and hero.

Anyway, the point I am getting at is that jingle-jangle fallacy is a nice sound for what they mean. Also, I think I will definitely answer any potential quiz questions about jingle-jangle fallacies correctly.

...And that's how a 2001 romantic comedy relates to structural equation modeling.

John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale in Serendipity (2001)
Photo from IMDb
Something that made today great: I had a good run (even in the rain!)
Time I woke up: 8:15 (I think)

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