"At least" (broadcast journalism)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 3 23:35:33 UTC 2010

Maybe a momentary reprieve is better than no reprieve at all.

But context and intonation would have made the meaning clear.


On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 7:28 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

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> Diane Sawyer reported on the Gulf oil slick on this evening's ABC
> news.  She said that its size had decreased somewhat since yesterday,
> probably meaning only that some oil had sunk to the seabed.  "It
> seems a momentary reprieve at least."
> Surely she meant "at most."
> Joel
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