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Re: st: RE: Statalist advice: a summary

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: Statalist advice: a summary
Date   Wed, 23 May 2012 13:29:10 +0100

An old spoof on Cambridge University (Cornford 1908) included the lines

"Eloquence is not permissible in a lecture; it is a privilege reserved
by statute for the Public Orator."

Mutatis mutandis, pointing out that "Stata" is the correct spelling is
a privilege reserved by statute for my esteemed friend Steve Samuels.


Cornford, F.M. 1908. Microcosmographia academia: being a guide for the
young academic politician. Cambridge: Bowes and Bowes. (Some
details are inevitably dated and a few were always parochial, but most
of it applies much more widely.)

On Wed, May 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM, Reg Jordan <> wrote:
> I'm really surprised. Really. You omitted the Prime Directive from your 13
> Commandments:
> -1. Thou shalt use the name Stata, not STATA, and glorify its name.
>    Reg Jordan
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
> Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:46 AM
> To:
> Subject: st: Statalist advice: a summary
> What follows is a revision of various earlier postings, with apologies to
> those to whom this is all too familiar. New people are always joining the
> list, and it can take a while before the ethos of Statalist becomes clear.
> Even old hands can sometimes "forget" what they should otherwise remember.

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