On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 06:14:47PM +0100, Leonardo Castro wrote: > Have you ever felt that it's getting harder and harder to improve your > profficiency in a language, and so you gave up on studying it to study > something else (perhaps another language)? I think that this applies > to studying stuff generally. > > Pareto principle: "80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes". So > maybe 80% of the understanding comes from 20% of the vocabulary... [...] In computer parlance, we say "the last 10% of the project takes 90% of the total development time". :) See also: Zipf's Law. T -- If a person can't communicate, the very least he could do is to shut up. -- Tom Lehrer, on people who bemoan their communication woes with their loved ones.