That Depends on What the Meaning of “Is” Is

Battle Creek’s police chief has set a new traffic ticket policy:

The police department will require its patrol officers to write a certain number of tickets every day. But, the police chief says it’s not a quota.

Not a quota, eh? Let’s see about that:

quo´•ta, n.

1. A proportional share, as of goods, assigned to a group or to each member of a group; an allotment.
2. A production assignment.

So how is this not a quota, exactly? Oh, right, because the chief said it wasn’t. Let’s try that, shall we? “Battle Creek’s police chief is President of the United States.” Hmmm…

posted by Chris on 03 March 2005 at 1434 in general


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