One of my upcoming pages has a little scene from which the following is an excerpt:
I thought I was using the word "asymptotic" correctly, or at least acceptably, but my sometimes-editor Wendy is calling me on it, and now I'm having my doubts. Essentially, in this panel I'm trying to give Aria a more clever way to say that possibilities for being stupid start going up a lot. Working from my admittedly vague high school math memories, one of the ways I think of an asymptote is as a line that approaches its goal but never quite gets there... so it continues on towards infinity. And thus, in the speech balloon above, so would the stupid-possibilities that Aria is talking about. But Wendy interprets it differently, saying that since an asymptotic line gets infinitely close to the target but never reaches it, then Aria would seem to be saying the people in question aren't actually being stupid. Which isn't quite what I had in mind.
So in an effort to correct a potential problem before I post the page (this time!), my question goes out to any and all of you LJ readers who are mathematicians, scientists, or who are just generally smarter about this sort of thing than I am-- does Aria's dialogue make sense, or will everybody reading it (esp. those who know what an asymptote is) just get confused?