Percentage point--missed word in dictionaries

Thomas Paikeday t.paikeday at SYMPATICO.CA
Fri Dec 21 14:03:45 UTC 2001

"... can OFTEN be deduced from their components ..."? I would say
sometimes. So the question remains, which compounds are self-explanatory
and which need entry in dictionaries.

Ittaob at AOL.COM wrote:
> I've observed that dictionaries often do a poor job in defining phrases, as
> opposed to individual words. That may be because there are so many phrases,
> the meanings of which can often be deduced from their components. For
> example, in AHD you can look up percentage, and you can look up point (one
> meaning -- "a single unit, as in counting, rating or measuring") -- and
> pretty much understand what a percentage point is.
> Steve

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