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Friday, November 18, 2005

Between one and two billion

Dilbert Today's Dilbert highlights a turn of phrase which can get you into a whole heap of trouble.
We have between one and two billion readers.

Most people would see that as "between one billion and two billion readers" when literally it is really "we have between one reader and two billion readers." It has become acceptable to use the former style though. Naturally this example is extreme and in reality would not pose a problem. But when you drop "two billion" to, say, "two hundred" it becomes a different matter.

And that was Your Daily Dose of Pedant. Enjoy your friday.


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