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  • The most powerful segments of the show were the interviews with parents who described how their children had been left in near-comatose states after receiving a vaccine that was mandatory for public school children in the vast majority of states.

    The Panic Virus

  • Neurolinguistic Programming and Sensory Acuity: The vast majority of us have five senses, but we need to learn to use them consciously so as to “read” our audience and make adjustments on the fly.

    Life Is a Series of Presentations

  • Of these some were smoked, but the vast majority were thrown away uneaten; what all the bird catchers wanted to eat were the unlaid eggs and only the unlaid eggs.

    Morgan’s Run

  • "Theologia Moralis" (1910), has strongly supported the Probabilist thesis which has been accepted during the nineteenth century by the vast majority of theologians.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • As in Macedonia, the nobles embraced Greek culture while the vast majority of the people carried on the ways of their ancestors, even in the Hellenized cities.

    Alexander the Great

  • Æquiprobabilism, since the vast majority of theologians favour the milder view, and Æquiprobabilists do not reject external authority.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The whole business was hypothetical anyway, since Antigonus was King of the Jews with the sanction of the Parthians and unlikely to be dethroned at any time in the foreseeable future; Parthians or no, the vast majority of the Jews wanted Antigonus.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • But the importance of the Tarin Kowt battle was not well understood at the time because the vast majority of the international media covering the war were concentrated in the north of the country and focusing on the fall of Kabul five days earlier.

    The Longest War

  • Several more thousand were organized in independent unions such as that of the Chaco Oil Co. Nevertheless, the vast majority of agricultural, industrial, and commercial workers were not organized in any union.

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies

  • Prochaska found that the vast majority of smoking-addicted individuals were not in the action stage when they enrolled in smoking cessation courses.

    Diffusion of Innovations

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  • *leads on the marsupial contingent*

    July 11, 2008

  • Good. All aboard, then.

    July 11, 2008

  • If it's a vast desk, we can probably fit a vast majority on. Then we can count all the people and work out how much a vast majority really is. Problem solved.

    July 11, 2008

  • Bon Voyage!

    July 11, 2008

  • Good point.

    July 10, 2008

  • True, true. But remember: Those objects are on Desks I Have Known, but not necessarily on the current huuuuuge one. So you should be perfectly comfortable. :-)

    July 10, 2008

  • I'm not sure I want to share with some of the stuff on your desk, rt. But at least there are no penis bones.

    July 10, 2008

  • If you guys run out of space on that raft, you can always use a corner of my huge desk.

    July 10, 2008

  • That could be it. There's a raft of measures to combat climate change. I hope there's room on the raft for me and my words. And of course plethora, kewpid and frindley. And my thylacine.

    July 10, 2008

  • Maybe you're sinking? That's what I'm thinking.

    July 10, 2008

  • Once you've worked this out, can y'all get on to the more gnarly problem of how many measures constitute a raft of measures. The government announced a raft of measures the other day and I don't know what we're in for.

    July 10, 2008

  • Oh. Sorry.

    The vast majority of me is in overwhelming agreement with a significant majority of you.

    July 10, 2008

  • No fair, reesetee! You're using adverbs!

    July 9, 2008

  • The vast majority of me agrees overwhelmingly with a significant majority of you.

    July 9, 2008

  • These ideas defy numerical representation. That would reduce the fluidity of language, and we wouldn't want that ;)

    July 8, 2008

  • It's vast if I say it's vast. That's all there is to it.

    July 8, 2008

  • Would a "significant majority" then be, say, 66% to 75%? And where does "substantial" fit in?

    Of course, one could always give the number.

    July 8, 2008

  • I vote for "vast" in the 75-85 % range and "overwhelming" in the 86-99 % range.

    I think the vast, but not the overwhelming majority of Wordies will agree with me.

    July 8, 2008

  • I once said in a grad school paper that 80 percent was a majority but not an overwhelming one--here substitute "vast" for overwhelming--and my professor took issue with me and said it certainly was overwhelming. So perhaps it has to be something like 80 percent?

    To me, "overwhelming majority" certainly would be something like 85 percent or more.

    July 7, 2008

  • I hear "vast majority" so often that I think it's time we develop a societal consensus on how large a majority needs to be before it can be considered "vast." (Hint: 51 percent is not "vast.")

    I would like to start the negotiations by suggesting something like 88 percent. Thoughts?

    July 7, 2008