I once saw on a sign somewhere (this was back during the Bush presidency — Bush SR so it’s been awhile) that said

Loop, endless; see endless loop
Endless loop; see loop, endless.

Today Chip was doing his homework and I was sitting at the computer. Chip asked what “rules and regulations” means and what the difference is between a “rule” and a “regulation”. Let’s face it, logically there should be some difference between a “rule” and a “regulation” since the terms are so often used together.  So I went to to look up the words and here’s what I discovered (it’s actually amazing what you find when you bother to read definitions)

rule: 1. a principle or regulation governing conduct, action, procedure, arrangement, etc.: the rules of chess.

regulation: 1. a law, rule, or other order prescribed by authority, esp. to regulate conduct.

So there you have it, a rule is a regulation, and a regulation is a rule.

(Since he asked, while I’m sitting at the computer anyway I might look up a word or two — but he threw some more at me and I pointed out that we do own a dictionary and he knows how to use it, so I’m officially done with his homework.)


One response to “recursion

  1. It is a lawyer thing . . . henceforth, furthermore and in conclusion. The end.

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