"Dr Hilary PhD". Three simple words, easily understood. Or so some people claim. Let's unpack that a bit. 1/12
'Dr' is an abbreviated version of the title 'Doctor'. But what is a doctor? Is it a well trained medical practioner, or a philosophical thinker with a very different field? Are they any good at that? 2/12
It could be someone awarded an honorary doctorate using it to give themselves some faux authority. It could be a Gallifreyan Timelord, who uses the title as a pseudonym because his given name is shrouded in mystery. 3/12
This last one is important to grasp, because you can't make any assumption at all about The Doctor. It could be a woman or a man, he could be Scottish, Estuary English, a bit posh, less posh, & dressed in a wide variety of outfits. 4/12
How about Hilary? This is a given name. But what does it really tell us? Like 'The Doctor', the name has been used for both men and women over history. It's also sometimes a surname as well as a forename. 5/12
It's spelled here with one 'L' but that itself doesn't exclude alternate spellings like Hillary, Hilarie or Jocasta, depending on pronunciation of the silent H. 6/12
It derives from the Latin word for 'cheerful' which indicates that the bearer's parents wanted the person to either be cheerful, or make others cheerful. This is a completely subjective assessment, so can that person truly be said to be 'Hilary' in an objective sense? 7/12
Finally 'PhD'. This is a small collection of letters that sometimes indicate a person is a doctor of philosophy. But what are letters? They themselves are a symbol that we invest with meaning, and those three letters only have externally imposed context. 8/12
Ph can have a very different meaning in science, for example, measuring how acidic or basic water is. Coupled with a capital D, it's entirely possible, when we are applying the external narrative necessary to symbols, that PhD could mean the acidic content of a penis. 9/12
For some people, this might be a very significant factor in the treatment of a yeast infection. It may simply be that it's an alternate way to pronounce 'fud'.
The point is you can't be certain, because myriad factors can add or subtract contextual cues that define things. 10/12
All in all, I hope I've demonstrated that a simple clear phrase can be so tortured by someone determined to obscure reality that they'll use lots of random facts that are completely unconnected to the original phrase, that some fools might think they've made a point. 11/12
They might even suggest that anyone who doesn't attempt a rebuttal, because of the facile nature of their sh*te, has conceded the argument and is running scared, instead of those people actually laughing in hearty and enthusiastic scorn. 12/12

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