“Ness” monster spotted in HRC’s camp

“Presumptuousness”? What’s wrong with “presumption”?

It’s bad enough that one of HRC’s followers should regard Barack Obama’s decision to challenge Her Inevitability for the Presidential nomination as presumptuous. (That’s the way I would have characterized her apparent conviction that the nomination is hers by right.)

But what’s intolerable is that (unnamed) person’s apparent belief that the substantive of “presumptuous” is “presumptuousness,” rather than the shorter and more euphonious “presumption.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com