[Ads-l] at least = at the earliest

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue Mar 10 21:40:14 UTC 2015

A sentence such as "She's been doing that since at least January" is 
normal but seems outside the scope of the Oxford Dictionary site and 
Wiktionary meanings. Both describe "at least" as referring to a minimum, 
and Wiktionary adds a "lower limit."

But claiming January is a minimum is a little odd. I suppose if you put 
time on a vertical scale with early dates at the bottom, this would 
work, but time it typically portrayed as running left to right.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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