projects completed: senior thesis
department/area of concentration: architecture
Dumb shit art school kids say:
offender: "That party was so lame."
DSASKS: "Yeah. I don't dance anyway. Especially not in crowded apartments without air conditioning."
offender: "I was talking to a girl who was pretty cool though. I think you know her."
offender: "The short girl."
DSASKS: "That's really specific. Which one?"
offender: "I dunno, the short girl!"
DSASKS: "Does she wear red-framed glasses?"
DSASKS: "What color HAIR does she have?"
DSASKS: "Red, curly hair? That's Jamie."
offender: "No, the short girl. She lives with Alex."
DSASKS: "Lisa? Lisa's 5'9."
offender: "Well, I dunno! She's shorter than me."
A judgment of height is not baseless. When you ask whether Lisa is short, you're not asking whether she's short compared to a sunflower, a garbage can, or a stingray. When you ask whether Lisa is short, you're asking whether she is a short person -- because, fact: she is a person. And when you ask whether she's a short person, you're asking whether she is short for a person.
That's when you'd need to refer to some statistics on the height distribution of people: