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  1. says

    My reaction is similar. However, one of the most consistent areas of friction in my marriage is my correcting my wife over things like this. Sometimes it truly is best to let sleeping dogs lie.

  2. Sastra says

    Perhaps we simply fail to know the context. If the question was “how many places does United go?” and the options were a.) less than 3 b.) 284 and c.) more than 370, then the exact answer is “c” — more than 370.

    Maybe. I don’t know.

    At least the ad didn’t say “We’re going place’s.”

    (But hey — shouldn’t there have been a comma in there?)

  3. says

    Reminds me of a line from The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, where it talks about a house with proportions that “more or less exactly failed to please the eye”.

  4. says

    Hilarious.

    There’s also an ad for high-speed internet that features a golfer (Jason Dufner) that goes something like “our speeds are 66 times higher than theirs. If Jason golfed at their speed, it would turn par 4s into par 400s…”

    Um…no. I’m pretty sure that 4×66 isn’t 400.

  5. alt3 says

    This is like those ads you get for sales at stores that say “Monday only! Save up to 15% or more!” I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to get more vague than that.

  6. Scr... Archivist says

    The airline is telling us that more than 370 of their destinations will eventually be exact places. For now, they’ll just land somewhere nearby.

  7. Holms says

    People who misuse words like that literally make my head explode.

    I know this community takes real life threats very seriously, but on this occasion I just don’t care: I am going to hunt you down and give you such a glare. Like, the worst.

  8. Holms says

    Oh and while we’re on speech idioms that shit me, listen up America:

    “I could care less” must never be said again. Oh and “I’ll write you” (and related forms) is not a complete sentence!

    RRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGGHHHHHHHHHHH

  9. Robert B. says

    There’s also an ad for high-speed internet that features a golfer (Jason Dufner) that goes something like “our speeds are 66 times higher than theirs. If Jason golfed at their speed, it would turn par 4s into par 400s…”

    Um…no. I’m pretty sure that 4×66 isn’t 400.

    *head-tilts at the stupid*

    But… it doesn’t even matter how fast you play golf! You could take an hour on every hole, and you’d get exactly the same score. (Well, you might have some trouble finishing the back nine in the dark, and you’d better let the folks behind you play through lest they run you over with a golf cart, but you know what I mean.)

    And anyway, the phrase “par [whatever]” doesn’t even refer to the performance of the player. It’s a characteristic of the hole, mostly the distance from tee to flag. (A par 400 hole would be about four and a half miles long, by the way.)

    Bad arithmetic isn’t even close to the dumbest thing in that ad…

  10. F [disappearing] says

    I used to use the phrase “approximately exactly” in a joking fashion. These people are serious.

  11. ajb47 says

    That’s up there with the car insurance ads where “People who switched saved an average of $300 or more.”

  12. says

    On the bottle of Listerine in my bathroom is the marketing claim “Deeper clean than brushing alone!” That claim is indistinguishable from saying “Using this product is, to an unquantified degree, better than not using it”. That is, while perhaps factual, the weakest possible endorsement one can make.

  13. Nathair says

    “I could care less” must never be said again.

    And that’s true irregardless of the situation!

  14. suttkus says

    alt3

    This is like those ads you get for sales at stores that say “Monday only! Save up to 15% or more!” I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to get more vague than that.

    It’s possible to get SLIGHTLY more vague, since that, at least, eliminates the possibility of saving exactly 15%. Still, being the equivalent of “You’ll save something other than 15%!” doesn’t seem like the most glowing endorsement ever.

    Next philosophical question: Which is the better place to shop at, the store that promises you won’t save 15%, or the store that promises you won’t save 25%?

    ***

    Holms

    I know this community takes real life threats very seriously, but on this occasion I just don’t care: I am going to hunt you down and give you such a glare. Like, the worst.

    Glare all you want! I’ll snark more!

    ***

    Nathair

    And that’s true irregardless of the situation!

    GAH! I hate that one!

    I’d like to take the people who use “irregardless” and gather them all in a group so that I could completely decimate them!

  15. busterggi says

    Probably go to more than 369 places exactly too. Also 368, 367, 366…

    Aw heck, its blue though and that’s my favorite color so I’ll let it slide.

  16. Joey Maloney says

    @24, actually there is a still weaker endorsement: the widely-used “parity claim”, as in “No other detergent cleans better!” Said with sufficient verve and enthusiasm it sounds like it means something other than “This product sucks the exact same amount as its competitors”.

  17. suttkus says

    @29: Um, yes, that would be the joke. Misusing a word to complain about people misusing words… sort of the running theme of the comments here.

  18. John Horstman says

    Ow ow ow; damn you all to… hmm… Ah! Damn you all to Riyadh. (Saudi Arabia is basically atheist hell, right?)

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