August 18th, 2020

TV: YPM

Weekly Occasional Quote

And yet another one from Yes, Prime Minister.

Sir Humphrey: Unfortunately, although the answer was indeed clear, simple, and straightforward, there is some difficulty in justifiably assigning to it the fourth of the epithets you applied to the statement, inasmuch as the precise correlation between the information you communicated and the facts, insofar as they can be determined and demonstrated, is such as to cause epistemological problems, of sufficient magnitude as to lay upon the logical and semantic resources of the English language a heavier burden than they can reasonably be expected to bear.

Hacker: Epistemological? What are you talking about?

Sir Humphrey: You told a lie.

Source:
Yes, Prime Minister
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