July 15th, 2004


.Wharton | Day 9: Management & Accounting

My flight was an hour late, causing me to be half an hour late to class - not a good way to start the weekend. Looking forward to the winter with snowstorms and constant airport delays...

Why does recognizing cross-references make us so happy? The team that was presenting the case this time mentioned both our Econ professor and one of the prior cases - casting familiar references into a new context - causing laughter and general appreciation. What is it about understanding an obscure reference or an overt one that causes us such pleasure? Is it the fleeting feeling of being party to someone else's thought process, the feeling of personal superiority/education/culture (when getting the obscure references), or the feeling of "togetherness" due to the same or overlapping framework of references? This framework of common references is what's missing or at least impaired in non-native speakers, unfortunately, and which is why I can never be fully comfortable writing or speaking English...

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