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


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