[uh-soom] a verb, -sumed, -suming.
verb (used with object)
to take for granted or without proof;
to suppose, postulate, posit
There is a popular example of false assumptions frequently demonstrated on blackboards and whiteboards with the use of strategically placed slashes or underlines breaking up the word as follows: ass u me
It appears that we have two members of the Board of Selectmen, who are attempting to distance themselves from their previous vote to support allocating UDAG funds for Spring 2011 weed treatment of Flannagan Pond. They may have committed ass u; but it will not stick with me.
In the course of a four week period, our Citizen’s Petition initiative (the now famous Article 38) went from being praised by Selectman Maxant as a wonderful example of “democracy in action” on April 19th (I couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate date) to being a “wonderful example of artistic manipulation”. Why, because he “assumed”. He and Selectman McCreary assumed something that was never discussed.
They assumed we were trading our petition for UDAG funding. They assumed that we were trading a long term strategic plan for a short-term fix. Kind of like Esau’s trading his birthright. That was never discussed as the deal on April 19th. Now that they have discovered the error in their assumption, they seek to shift the blame by labeling us deceitful and manipulative. ass u