[Ads-l] almost = just over

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 4 13:56:20 UTC 2022


Meta is in trouble

A day after weighing in with its third-quarter earnings report, Meta is
flailing. The company formerly known as Facebook was in trouble Thursday
after uninspiring numbers and an apparent lack of faith in Mark
Zuckerberg’s metaverse vision sent its shares plunging by 25%.

At the time of writing, Meta was trading around $98, down from $130 on


Meta’s stock price is now worth almost a quarter of the all-time high of
around $380 that the company recorded late last summer.


98 / 380 = 0.257+
That's not far from 0.25, but it's over, not under. It would have been
correct but awkward to say "has almost dropped to a quarter...". Why not
"has dropped to barely over a quarter..."?

Mark Mandel

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