For its own purposes Canada has chosen a very poor definition of 'urban area' much like Congress terming ketchup or tomato as a vegetable. You are attempting sophistry, and perhaps obfuscation, though amusingly.
The Auld Grump
Amused as I was by the illustration of the streetwise vs. good 'ol boy encounter, I must cry foul. Canada, uses the above mentioned definition of urban for useful and specific reasons pertaining to population density and socio-political administration. Morgenstern may have been running afield a tad to illustrate his point (that certain terms are not as rigid as they at first may seem), but he is still clearly comparing apples to apples. Much like the term 'city', geographic and cultural/legal differences build up a large store of wiggle room.
eta: ick, 3 posts in a row looks ugly. I was commenting as I moved through the thread. *shrug* It's what happens when I only post at the beginning of the day. Sorry.
And the U.S. chose to term both ketchup and tomatoes as vegetables for 'useful and specific' reasons that were just as good (and just as bad). I could let you look it up, but I won't. Tomatoes were deemed a vegetable by the Supreme Court because vegetables were taxable while fruit were not - because they wanted to get their hands on those tax funds congress decided to define 'vegetables' by which portion of the meal they were traditionally eaten during. Fruit were eaten either before the meal proper, or as a dessert. Tomatoes are served either as a dish, as accents to a dish, or as a sauce - therefor they are not fruit.
The ketchup boondoggle on the other hand was a first step in reworking how school lunches were served, in an effort to curb the amount of waste. The rules required that school lunches include one vegetable in every serving - a child could choose between vegetables if more than one was available, but had to choose a vegetable. Many kids didn't eat that vegetable, so it was wasted. To curb this they decided to define ketchup as a vegetable, thus allowing the kid to skip a veg he was only going to waste anyway.
After pubic outcry they just decided to let the kids skip the vegs if they really didn't want any.
I distrust things when governments try to redefine words to suit their needs of the moment. Canada did so because of tax revenue disbursement, as the U.S. chose to redefine vegetable.
Hmmm, I might argue that Haggle really belongs under more than one skill
Ah, but one of the cornerstones of the Spycraft 2.0 system is one skill per task. We worked very hard to create hard divisions there to avoid "debate" over the correct skill for any given task.
Again, I might argue that it was put under the wrong
skill. While it makes sense that a person with Streetwise would be able to haggle it does not make sense that haggling in general be linked to streetwise.
Of course it could just be turned upside down - Haggle might be the skill, Streetwise one of the tasks.... You can bargain anywhere from the streets of Los Angeles, to a market in Calcutta, to the Farmer's Coop in Huron, Kansas. Streetwise would be the check for finding the folks to bargain with when looking for those 'hard to find' items.
The Auld Grump