"Four times less" Topic
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|Last Hussar||05 Aug 2012 12:12 p.m. PST|
Saw this phrase in a Sports Illustrated artical about the Opening ceremony- Boyle spent 'four times less' than the Chinese. Does this mean a quarter?
(This is a genuine question – used to 'times' meaning a multiple)
|Streitax ||05 Aug 2012 1:58 p.m. PST|
I suppose that is what it is suppoded to mean, but literally it means they 'made' 3 times as much as the Chinese spent. (X -4*X = -3X).
|goragrad||06 Aug 2012 9:06 a.m. PST|
One would presume that that was the intent.
|Austin Rob ||24 Sep 2012 8:10 p.m. PST|
I just saw a commercial where they used this. I'm seeing it more and more. As far as I can tell, it really is meaningless. Maybe various marketing sorts figure we can't understand fractions or percentages.