Five times less

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Fri May 22 14:26:06 UTC 2009

On May 22, 2009, at 6:32 AM, Bill Palmer wrote:

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> In a letter to the editor of the Raleigh News & Observer today, a
> writer
> complains that her salary is "five times less" than that of the city
> manager.  So how does one perform that calculation?
> Is this more arithmetic than language?

we had some considerable discussion of the matter here back in the
fall of 2007 (which i can't at the moment examine, because the server
seems to be unavailable).  but there's some discussion here:

AZ, 8/9/08: Recency:

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