Every time I see that damned "makes an ASS out of U and ME" thing I want to barf. We make reasonable assumptions all of the time--that is what intelligence is all about. Actually, the phrase "reasonable assumptions" is redundant--an assumption is a judgemnt base on experience or accumulated knowledge, and is, therefore, reasonable--if the mind making it is not irrational. Obviously, not all assumptions are justified, but the use of that ASS/U/ME crap is--in my experience--the special province of petty tyrants, and is intended not to justify a negative response to the assumption but to make the person offering an assumption feel stupid. The first time I heard it was from a drill instructor in basic training; sometime later, my son's second grade teacher made him stand in front of the class while she wrote a huge ASSUME on the board and went through the routine. Sorry, Gargoyle: I'm sure you'd never have such intentions.