bmonk wrote:eran_rathan wrote:Wouldn't the unit of drama be the dram?
It fits, not least because the greatest drama seems to occur over the smallest thing. You'd need a small unit to measure the importance of the object in question. Or maybe an inverse unit? The mard?
I propose that drama is the quantity proportional to the level of emotion expressed and inversely proportional to the true gravity of the situation. Thus:
- Being very upset about a small problem is dramatic.
- Being very upset about a big problem is undramatic.
- Being hardly upset about a big problem is the opposite of dramatic: stoic.
If we are measuring gravity in terms of mass, then the dram, a unit of mass, serves quite well as the denominator of our units of drama. I approve of "mard" as a name for the inverse of a dram (though it makes me wonder if there is an established inverse of weight or force, something equivalent to t2/md).
So if we let an "emo" be our unit of emotion, drama would then be measured in emomards. (And suddenly I'm very tempted to substitute a "t" in there.)
Alternately, we could measure emotionality with a physical quality similar to how we measure the "gravity" of a situation with mass. I propose temperature is the proper analogue of emotionality, as someone who has muted emotional reactions is "cool", someone who has strong emotional reactions has "a temper", etc.
On that interpretation, we would measure drama in units of temperature per mass ("temper" per "gravity"). I can't seem to find any standard unit with that dimensional analysis. Anybody know of one?