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OT: percentages (was: RE: OT: Re: Musical languistics

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 4, 2003, 22:16
> Andreas Johansson scripsit: > > > In Swedish, some people (eg, me) are very careful about the > difference between > > _procent_ "percent" and _procentenhet_ "percentage point", whereas others > > happily use _procent_ for either meaning. In the last general election, the > > Left Party went from about 12% to about 8% of the vote - quite alot > worse than > > the _4 procent_ fall many people are saying that they suffered, if > you ask me! > > I just yesterday saw a reference to a "4% reduction" in something or other > Puzzled by why that was news, I found that it was a reduction from 8% to > 4%, or a 50% reduction by my (and your) definitions
In many universities, including mine, student work is given a "percentage" grade, which is on a scale going from "0%" to "85%". Certain sins, such as lateness, are punishable by a "10% penalty". No examinations meeting is complete without a confused discussion about what that means. It is a really bad idea to let people in the humanities loose anywhere near numbers. All sorts of harm can come of it. --And.