Daughter: Appa, you have been biting my head off since yesterday.
Me: Not without reason, you will agree.
Daughter: You are over-reacting.
Daughter: I admit that I have been overdoing things a bit, but you are over-reacting.
Me: Let us get this straight. If you agree you are overdoing, isn’t my increased reaction proportionate to your deed, and therefore not an over-reaction?
Daughter: No, even for the overdoing, yours is an over-reaction.
Me: Let’s use some simple mathematical terms to settle this argument. Suppose a wrong deed of magnitude X merits a reaction equal to Y, then a deed of X+x will elicit a proportionate response of Y+y. No?
Daughter: No. Your reaction has been Y+2y. Tone it down by a small y. That’s my point.