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Last Hussar05 Aug 2012 1:12 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 Inactive Member05 Aug 2012 2:58 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).

goragrad06 Aug 2012 10:06 a.m. PST

One would presume that that was the intent.

Austin Rob Inactive Member24 Sep 2012 9:10 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.

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