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"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts...for support rather than illumination."

Andrew Lang (1844-1912) Scottish poet, novelist and literary critic

statistics (noun): facts and pieces of data taken from the study of a large amount of information
drunken (adjective): drunk; intoxicated with alcohol
lamp-post (noun): a strong, tall pole with a light at the top; a street light
support (noun): help in keeping something upright
illumination (noun): light, lighting; clarification and understanding

Contributor: Josef Essberger