Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Mon Jun 21 05:49:36 UTC 2010

>From yesterday's New York Times:

"When that might happen is not clear. Crude oil is flowing at a rate
estimated between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels of oil a day from the
damaged well, and BP has been able to capture only a percentage of
that with its current containment methods."

When did "a percentage" become "a small percentage"? I would have
thought "a percentage" could be anything up to 99.99% recurring.


Paul Frank
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