Setting the record straight on per centages

Modern language isn't correct when it comes to describing 100 per cent and more

To the Editor:

When I started school back in 1927 my teacher asked where my books were. My answer?

“I ain’t got none.”

My teacher asked, “Where did you learn that? Ain’t isn’t a word!”

Well, when I passed into grade four some years later they taught us about per cent and they told us that per cent goes from one per cent to 100 per cent and 100 per cent means all of it, so you cannot go higher using per cent.

You can double or triple your money, but what you got is 100 per cent of all you have. This is what they tell you even in college. So why in thunderation do these highly educated people on the TV still use 200  per cent or 300 per cent of something when it doesn’t exist?

Now, I’ve worked hard most of my 90 years and I have a little more than $1,000 to show for it, but believe me – what the actual figure is, it is 100 per cent of my wealth, regardless of how big the figure is. So, if all you educated computer experts put into your computers that if your pay check triples from $1,000 that is $3,000, but $3,000 is just 100 per cent of your new wage and not 300 per cent as some of you experts call it.

P.S. – I don’t need a computer but I am comfortably retired.

Wilf Miller, Keremeos


Just Posted

Ginty’s Pond needs your help

BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Education program teaches residents how to protect their wetlands

Super League Triathlon in Penticton cancelled

It was confirmed Monday next month’s planned Super League Triathlon has been cancelled

Wildfire crews working small blaze in South Okanagan

BC Wildfire said a fire north east of Oliver was ignited on Sunday night

Mix of sun and cloud for the Okanagan-Shuswap-Similkameen region

Environment Canada is forecasting a chance of showers with a risk of thunderstorms for the region

Nature Wise: How are Canada’s birds doing and do we even care?

Columnist Bob Handfield, president of the South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club

VIDEO: Okanagan Valley weekday weather update

Environment Canada says it’s going to be a rainy week

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Mercury tops out on top of the world: Alert in Nunavut warmer than Victoria

It’s the latest anomaly in what’s been a long, hot summer across the Arctic

PHOTOS: Okanagan MetalFest event rocks

Big crowds gather for popular two-day annual heavy metal music festival in tiny Armstrong

Canadian is detained in China on drug allegations: Chinese government

Detention of a Canadian in China comes as part a diplomatic dispute triggered by arrest of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou

Single vehicle roll over in Okanagan sends one to hospital

One person sent to hospital with non life-threatening injuries

Baby locked in car at Okanagan YMCA

The baby was rescued quickly

Too much time on social media can hurt teens’ mental health: study

Researchers conducted a four-year survey of more than 3,800 adolescents between Grades 7 and 11

Advocates want charges in horse deaths during Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races

Chuckwagon races are a nightly spectacle during the Stampede, a 10-day annual celebration of western life

Most Read