Half Empty? No Such Thing!

Thursday, May 22, 2008 | 06:01 PM

Is the glass half empty, or half full?

I have heard that question posed many times, and never been happy with the standard answer. I've always believed there is no such thing as half empty.  A 10 ounce glass with 5 oz in it is half full. (Half of zero is still zero -- assuming your calculation does not consider it an error).

You can say, correctly I might add, that with 5 oz in it, when it formerly had 10 oz, it has been half-emptied.

But this is essentially a grammar, not philosophical problem.

The answer depends upon whether you are asking for the current volume, or the recent trend.

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well(,) half full... but half emptying

Posted by: frenchman | May 22, 2008 6:12:33 PM

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