Rob Speer on 13 Jan 2002 01:48:52 -0000

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Re: spoon-discuss: Re: spoon-business: Darn zero-based Clock... (nweek 4 ballot)

On Sat, Jan 12, 2002 at 08:35:33PM -0500, Wonko wrote:
> I see the words "Half again as many", which would seem to imply a 3/5
> majority.

"Half again as many" means "1.5 times as many"? I never would have
guessed. Here in the Northeastern US I've never heard the phrase "half
again" used like that.

Thus, based on what you interpret the "again" to mean, proposals require
either 1/3 or 3/5 of the votes to pass. That is a very very bad
ambiguity. Let's keep regional idioms (if that's what it is) out of the
Rob Speer